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U.S. donates $50,000 worth of supplies to continue protecting hospital staff and patients against COVID-19

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Posted: Monday, December 6, 2021. 7:41 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The United States Embassy in Belmopan continues to support Belize’s COVID-19 response, today donating US$50,000 in medical supplies and training aid to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

The donation is valued at US $50,000 and includes personal protective equipment, filters, hygiene and disinfectant supplies, and training mannequins. The medical supplies will be distributed to healthcare facilities across the country as a measure of infection prevention and control in hospitals. The instructional aid will be employed by the Ministry’s training unit to guide healthcare workers on live-saving intubation techniques.

According to Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Leyla Moses-Ones, “The donation of these medical supplies and training on life-saving intubation techniques will meaningfully improve Belize’s ability to assist with severe cases of COVID and to contain the spread of the virus. Today’s donation further reflects a continuation of the United States’ PREVENT, MITIGATE, and CARE approach to help Belize keep its residents safe.”

Health Minister Michel Chebat in thanking the Americans said, “When fighting this pandemic, we are taking a ‘world approach’ and contributions like these go a very long way.”

Washington plans a further donation of 12 ventilators to Belize in the coming weeks.

The total cost of support from the US to Belize in COVID-19-related assistance now tops US$5 million, including US $2.34 million through the U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office. The donation was facilitated through the U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office and the Department of Defense U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program.

 

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