Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021. 12:01 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: In 2020, the European Union (EU) and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reallocated funds from the existing ‘Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project’ to assist in the country’s response to COVID-19.
Through the funding, 9 District Health Educators from the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) will receive laptops with cases and 8 projectors to strengthen the ability to train health workers at the community level.
The laptops and projectors will assist for training since the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges and disruptions in the delivery of healthcare services.
“As COVID-19 has accurately shown, it is important for healthcare workers to stay skilled and trained in the services they provide. With the limitations, many countries are now living in, due to COVID-19, technology has become a major factor in ensuring the capacity of continued healthcare services including the training of health workers,” a statement from PAHO said.
The recipients are Senior Officers of the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB).
“They will complement the capacity of our District Health Educators in their interaction with Community Health Workers,” said Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Acting Director of Health Services of the MoHW. “Now more than ever, there is the need to sensitize and train CHWs to be able to promptly know what to do when they encounter persons who may be vulnerable to COVID-19. Chronic diseases are important risk factors. We shall ensure that the motivation of our CHWs is maintained.”
PAHO/WHO Non-Communicable Diseases Technical Advisor, Dr. Jorge Polanco, handed over the donated items to Dr. Javier Zuniga and Kathleen Cho, who were grateful to receive them on behalf of Dr. Diaz-Musa and the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
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