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“We are free falling…we haven’t yet reached the bottom of the hole”, says Dr. Fernando Cuellar on the current COVID-19 wave

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021. 9:17 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Thursday, September 9, 2021, in an interview with Courtney Menzies from Channel 7, Dr. Fernando Cuellar gave a grim picture of where Belize is with respect to the current COVID-19 wave facing the country. “We are free falling, you see the numbers every day … and the sad news is that we haven’t yet reached the bottom of the hole, or the top of the mountain. We have weeks more to reach there”, Dr. Fernando Cuellar told Menzies.

In the interview with Menzies, Dr. Cuellar is asking the government to “say things truthfully in terms of where we are”, “don’t sugar coat it, don’t sound nice”, he said, giving the impression that “we are almost there”.

According to Cuellar his colleagues in the health care system, from those doing contact tracing to the public health workers, the lab people and those, including nurses, that work in the hospitals, are overworked and tired. He notes that in the public hospital “the care of people is being compromised already” as you cannot have one nurse caring for 3 or 4 patients that are critically ill as mistakes will be made more.

Dr. Cuellar is a Internist at the Belize Medical Associates and a leading figure and spokesperson in the medical field in Belize. He recently caught COVID-19 despite being vaccinated and was hospitalized for a short while; he credits the vaccine for not getting critically ill and saving his life.

As part of the strategy to fight the COVID pandemic, Dr. Cuellar says he supports government’s decision to implement stricter measures encouraging vaccinations to enter public buildings and spaces and that he advocates for mandatory vaccination.


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