Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021. 9:14 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the opening of a dialysis clinic serving the south next year.
Carlos Perrera, President, and Chairman of the Southern Wellness Dialysis Clinic signed along with Sidney Arzu, representing the Los Angeles-based Belizean Wellness Foundation signed the MOU today at the Jaguar Reef Lodge in Hopkins.
Perera says that in return for sponsorship, the Center, representing six clinics countrywide will help dialysis patients in the southern districts.
Arzu considers this a homecoming, however, a bittersweet one after losing his cousin with end-stage renal failure, but they held on to their shared dream of providing dialysis to Belizeans, now five years old. He thanked his supporters in Los Angeles and elsewhere and noted that the center will serve expatriate Belizeans from the south who live in the U.S.
The Clinic will be located on Ecumenical Drive next to the North Stann Creek River, at the new Government Building.
New 4008 Dialysis machines are being used to take the standard of dialysis to a new level. The machines will also be used at the Belize Healthcare Partners Limited clinic in Belize City and the Ramona Linda clinic.
The funding is a combination of private and public fundraising sources to sponsor machines, which result in discounted costs, which can help patients receive access if they apply to the governing board. Supporters with family members are also in line to receive discounted services for their support.
Arzu says quality in service extends from equipment to staff and planning and the clinic will follow the official Ministry of Health and Wellness’ plan which matches the international standard.
Machines and a special water system will be in country by December and training will start at that time for a mid-January opening.
The SWDC is one of many providers of dialysis for the Ministry of Health and patients previously attending other clinics will be switched there.
The people of the south have been waiting for a while, said Perrera, and after waiting for the City, the North, and West to be served, it is now their turn and dialysis patients can look forward to a normal life, not one held hostage to the dialysis machine.
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