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Key organizations get masks from Belize Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) office

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2022. 5:48 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize office of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated 460 thousand masks to be distributed to 22 Ministries and other government and non-governmental organizations across Belize to boost their personal protective equipment (PPE) supply.

Organizations donated to are: the Ministries of Human Development, Families & Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise; Health and Wellness (MoHW). Affiliated government organizations and statutory bodies include the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA); National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO); Belize Customs & Excise Department; Port of Belize Limited and Belize Defense Force. Non-governmental organizations donated to are: Belize Cancer Society; Belize Family Life Association (BFLA); Belize Red Cross Society; Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI); Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Hub; Haven House; Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly; Mercy Clinic; Kolbe Foundation, Belize Central Prison; The Salvation Army; Golden Haven Resting Home; Welcome Resource Center and Raymond Parks Night Shelter.

The donation was funded through the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and its representative, Consul and Second Secretary Katarzyna Geler-Noch stated the German Embassy wished to express its appreciation to Belize’s health personnel and other frontline workers who have been fighting the pandemic for their dedication, commitment and unwavering efforts and for being an inspiration.

PAHO/WHO representative Dr. Noreen Jack reminded that while there is much we still do not know, “what we do know is the use of masks, physical distancing, proper ventilation of indoor spaces, crowd avoidance and hand hygiene remain key to reducing the risks and spread of COVID-19 even with the emergence of the different variants.”

“We continue in this fight against COVID-19, but we cannot do so on our own,” said Dr. Julio Sabido, Chief Executive Officer of the MoHW. “Today, we are grateful for the continued partnership from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and PAHO/WHO. We remain focused and confident that these partnerships will help us overcome the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.”

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