By Aaron Humes, Ladyville: The National Forensic Science Service (NFSS) is augmenting its services in toxicology and histopathology with support from the European Union.
Equipment and training conducted with the AC1 I-CRIME Project in conjunction with the Central American Integration System (SICA) valued at just under a million Belize dollars was procured and serviced since 2019.
With the new services, medical examiners will be better able to confirm causes of death related to intoxication, whether by alcohol, drugs or poisons, as well as instances of drunk driving, drugging for purposes of sexual or other assault, and less common ailments such as cancer and heart attacks.
The NFSS, according to Director Gian Cho, is hoping to clear outstanding cases in which samples have been stored and saved for testing. It conducts over 600 autopsies annually, both in criminal and other cases.
European Union Ambassador to Belize, Marianne Van Steen, made note that Belize is uniquely placed to benefit from its support of projects combating transnational crime, and that it has been a valuable partner in coordinating regional support in addressing citizen security.
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