Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020. 2:15 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Nurses Association of Belize issued a statement informing the public that the nurses are not satisfied with the materials and equipment being provided to them by the Ministry of Health as it relates to the current Covid-19 crisis.
The Nurse association informed that they have done a countrywide tour of the different health facilities.
A report on the condition of the various facilities and the concerns of the nurses was submitted to the Deputy Director of Health Services/Chief Nursing Officer on March 26, according to the association.
“We have not seen significant redress of our concerns to date,” the statement said.
In addition, the association says that the health facilities of Belize are not prepared to protect their staff and patients.
The association hereby presents a list of 6 key areas for redress and urges the Ministry of Health to address them urgently.
The association lists several significant concerns that are consistent throughout the country that they believe must be addressed immediately:
The Nurses Association of Belize says that it has sent an email requesting an audience with the Minister of Health and with his CEO and to date that request has not even been acknowledged.
The association is calling on all nurses to report to work in their nurse’s T-shirts starting tomorrow until we see that changes are being effected as per their request.
“Additional measures that will not affect our services will be arranged if needed. The Nurses Association of Belize wishes to thank our nurses countrywide, along with all other frontline healthcare workers, and other public officers for their diligence and service to our country of Belize. We also extend our thanks to the media for the airtime and hereby request understanding and support in these demands of the Government of Belize, from our fellow unions and from the public,” the statement expressed.
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