By Aaron Humes: Breaking Belize News has confirmed with reliable sources in the Ministry of Health and Wellness that Dr. Julio Sabido, the choice for the new Chief Executive Officer, is slated to take over the post.
First, Dr. Sabido must get over his current bout of COVID-19 which has put him on sick leave. But Minister Kevin Bernard confirmed that he has the job after various discussions and consultation.
Dr. Sabido is the third candidate for the post in recent weeks after incumbent Dr. Deysi Mendez exited for the National Health Insurance Program and Dr. Lesbia Guerra balked at taking over after meeting with Ministry staff.
Dr. Sabido holds two master’s degrees in public health nutrition from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, while his medical degree is from la Universidad Mariano Galvez, Guatemala.
The Ministry has multiple positions open, including newly created ones replacing the overarching post of Director of Health Services and in the Drug Inspectorate. The new CEO must not only contend with the COVID-19 pandemic but with other issues within the health field.