By Benjamin Flowers: The Independence Polyclinic hit a major milestone this week when it achieved the status of smart health facility.
The designation refers to major upgrades in the health and safety standards being upheld at the clinic, and how these standards improve the quality of care being offered to those who access the services.
On Thursday, the Minister of Health and Wellness Kevin Bernard, and members of his senior staff at the Ministry were in Independence to commemorate the occasion, as the Independence Polyclinic is the last of five medical institutions across the country to achieve smart health facility status.
Following the inauguration of the newly upgraded facilities, Bernard took to social media to say “There should be no time when a Belizean man, woman or child, no matter where they are in this country, cannot access quality healthcare. The newly retrofitted Independence Clinic will get us closer to that goal, as we work together to Deliver on Plan Belize.”
The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), in a subsequent statement regarding the clinic’s new status, noted that the retrofitting was done in collaboration with the Government of the United Kingdom, the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization. The improvements included improvements in hurricane/earthquake resilience, water supply, infection control, the installation of rainwater harvesting and green power sources as well as the physical infrastructure.
The ministry added that the five facilities upgraded to smart health facility status were done so through a collaboration between the MOHW,
The other facilities upgraded under that collaboration were Palm View Center in Belmopan, San Ignacio Community Hospital, Matron Roberts Polyclinic in Belize City, and Isabel Palma Polyclinic II in San Antonio Village, Toledo District.