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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020. 4:06 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated a patient ventilator, including accessories to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA).

The ventilator that will assist in the management of persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, especially in severe case situations. 

“Ventilators are needed in severe cases of COVID-19 that progress to respiratory failure. Ventilators provide temporary support to persons who cannot breathe on their own, allowing more time for the body’s immune system to fight the disease,” said PAHO/WHO Representative of Belize, Dr. Noreen Jack.

PAHO/WHO’s Health Systems and Services Advisor, Dr. Edwin Bolastig, handed over the ventilator to the Chief Executive Officer of the KHMHA, Michelle Hoare, who expressed her sincerest gratitude for the donation from PAHO/WHO on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the KHMHA.

“With the increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the country, more and more positive patients with respiratory complications access care from our COVID Critical Care Unit. Most of whom require ventilatory support. The donation of this ventilator is timely and will assist KHMHA to better respond in the event of a surge,” Hoare stated.

The ventilator is the first of a set of hospital equipment for the COVID-19 critical care unit at the KHMHA being donated by PAHO/WHO through funding received from Germany.

“These investments are seen not only as a mean to enhance the hospital’s effectiveness in managing severe cases of COVID-19, but they represent the overall efforts to expand and strengthen the capacity of the country’s health system to improve patients’ chances of survival and save lives during and beyond the pandemic,” PAHO noted.

PAHO/WHO says that it will continue providing support including technical guidance, capacity building, and the procurement of much-needed medical equipment to Belize and the Ministry of Health.

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