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Contractors visit Corozal and southern hospitals ahead of plans for refurbishment

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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021. 1:13 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: All regional hospitals, the municipal hospitals in Corozal and Punta Gorda Town and the Central Medical Laboratory in Belize City are to be retrofitted over the next five years as part of the European Union (EU) funded Health Sector Support Programme.

This week, the Belize office of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) facilitated site visits for prospective contractors for the retrofitting of the Punta Gorda and Corozal Community Hospitals and Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, at a cost of 6.8 million Euro (BZ$16.23 million).

The project aims to make these facilities “smarter”, that is, climate-friendly and disaster-resilient, in pursuit of universal health care for all.

The contractors walked through each facility to identify problem areas to be addressed, and ask questions of Acting Regional Manager, Floridalia Quiroz, and Design and Inspection Consultant, Ariel Mitchell.

The supranational health bodies’ Belize representative Dr. Noreen Jack said the project aims to reduce vulnerability among these key health care facilities, while strengthening structural and non-structural aspects including increasing operational savings.

Nicolaus Hansmann, Team Leader of the European Union in Belize, said he was satisfied with the high number of Belizean constructing companies participating in the site visits. He underlined that the grant funds from the European Union will facilitate that health facilities in Belize are more efficient, storm resilient and environmentally friendly.

Site visits will also be conducted at Western Regional Hospital and the other facilities in the upcoming weeks.

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