Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2021. 7:52 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “To strengthen Belize’s data collection and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated 50 tablets to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) for its vaccinators,” said PAHO Caribbean. “Apart from the tablets, several IT equipment were also handed over to strengthen MoHW’s emergency communication capacity during emergencies and disasters.”
This equipment is additional to laptops, tablets, printers, and wireless routers that were donated by PAHO/WHO Belize in June for the country’s Immunization Information System (IIS).
“The donation of tablets will allow effective and efficient recording of demographic information of persons who receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Representative in Belize. “With the proper records, the collected immunization data can be analyzed and used to establish a population-based immunization registry which is key in assessing vaccine coverage.”
PAHO Caribbean said that the equipment will complement the IIS to improve the electronic data collection. The IIS consists of confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered said PAHO.
“I can’t emphasize how much these donations have helped the country of Belize and the MoHW in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said MOHW Minister Michel Chebat. “One of the many goals of this ministry is to educate the public about pressing matters in the health sector. At this moment, those matters are mainly centered around education concerning the COVID-19 virus and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination initiative. These donations allow us, at the MOHW, to take a step forward and move closer to achieving our goals. Thank you to our partners at PAHO/WHO for the continued support.”
The IT equipment should strengthen the MOHW’s emergency communication during emergencies and disasters. It consists of 6 VHF mobile/base radios, 6 power supply units, 7 Aluminum Omnidirectional Antennas, 8 laptops with carrying cases, 1 printer, and 1 Explorer 510 BGAN Terminal.
PAHO/WHO Belize said the equipment will be distributed to the district Health Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) countrywide and should help the MOHW to maintain 24-hour radio communication during emergencies and disasters.
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