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Cabinet Secretary “Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital management needs to speak with the relevant ministries to address medication shortage”

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2022. 7:34 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Cabinet Secretary Stuart Leslie said today that the management of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital needs to to hold meetings with the relevant ministries to discuss the critical shortage in equipment and supplies reported earlier this week by the KHMH Workers Union (KHMHWU).

Leslie said that while the Government of Belize has spent millions of dollars outfitting the KHMH to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and sends a monthly subvention, the budget had a limit and any increase the hospital needs will need to be worked out by its management.

“In the case of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, which is a statutory institution,if they are out of medications and so on they need to meet with the Minister of Health and with the officials of the Ministry of Health and look at it with the Financial Secretary and see what can be done,” Leslie said.

Leslie added that he knows GOB had sourced funding to assist the KHMH and that the Minister of Health and Wellness had asked that the subvention be increased, but he is not sure what the progress is on any of those issues.

The KHMHWU reported this week that things have gotten to the point at the hospital where nurses are buying gloves and surgical tape out of their own pockets, to have them on hand to treat patients.

KHMH CEO Chandra Cansino said that the monthly subvention currently provided by GOB is around $2.4 million, but that $2.2 million goes into the paying of salaries.

 

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