By BBN Staff: The Belize Medical And Dental Association (BMDA) has made public its major concerns for the working conditions of frontline medical workers who are essential in Belize’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The association issued a statement today calling on health authorities to make adequate allocations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical practitioners in a timely and efficient manner. The BMDA says that it has been in communication with healthcare professionals all over the country, to find that: doctors in the health regions have to complain to attract attention on the need to supply the PPE; equipment issued is often of poor quality, does not fit, or is being resued and in poor condition; and testing of staff for Covid-19 not readily done.
The association noted that the practice thus far has been to distribute PPE just before doctors conduct procedures, which is not a safe practice and a waste of time. The BMDA also noted that feedback and complaints made to MOH authorities often end with the complaining doctors being reprimanded and demanded that authorities refrain from such a practice.
“BMDA is ready to support the doctors who will not work without adequate PPE. We will never forgive ourselves if a colleague dies because of inadequate PPE. BMDA demands that KHMH and GOB and Social Security Board design a compensation package for hazardous work since the healthcare workers risk health and life in the line of duty,” the association added.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow addressed the nation earlier today, touching on the topic of available equipment for healthcare workers and promising that more will be made available.