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Sep 18, 2015

MoH Marin Says Western Regional Managers are to Blame

Where the rats are concerned, though, Minister of Health Pablo Marin takes no blame. He heaps that squarely on the shoulders of Western Regional Manager, Melinda Guerra, and Administrator, Bernadette Seaver. Marin says that they have not been doing their jobs competently, and more than that, he claims that he has written to the Public Service about their incompetence.


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“You have a rat infestation; people are blaming the minister and my ministry where I am. You have a manager that is supposed to be controlling whatever and going around. If you see this hospital, you see how it is; it’s the manager sometimes looking for fund, sometimes getting help from outside. If you see the entrance how it looks, it is the people in here that love their work and trying to do something. Let’s say you have the rat infestation, you supposed to do something immediately and try to clean that or do something. I am saying the manager and the deputy because those are the two that are supposed to know what is happening in your department. After that…we hold a little while because we thought they were doing something. It is your place, it is your home; you should be working there and trying to eliminate the infestation that you have. Then we heard about the snake situation with the nurse. It is an area that is outside—I think if you have seen the place; it was right at the entrance. And when we realise it was dirty again, you have the managers that are supposed to be looking at those things. My C.E.O. cannot go every time and look at it; the minister cannot go and do everything. When you look at the rat situation entering the incubator, I went personally the following day to see what happened. I don’t want to blame no one in this particular situation, but the incubator is nearly tight seal for any animal to enter—if the animal was trying to enter.”


Pablo Marin


“It did enter…”


Pablo Marin

“I’m saying if the animal was trying to enter, you will see some bite at where it is supposed to go in…you would see maybe some kind of hair attached to the particular entry. Nothing like that was there, but the rat was inside. Okay. We found that there was a hole at that particular station so let’s say that happened. So when I went there and I asked the administrator what have you done, her reaction was you know what, I already paid an exterminator three thousand dollars for us to be able to sweep the area. I was there with Mister Bodden, the PHI from the ministry. I asked her can you give me a report; she said she don’t have a report, but she just told me that you spend three thousand dollars. The only thing that I will say right now is that we are writing a report right now, taking it to public service and I hope this time that public service will act on what we are putting in the report because normally when you see these kinds of things, sometimes it takes a little bit more and it is hard for us to fire someone because of public service regulations. And I think everybody knows that. Why is it that the administrator is not doing their job? And that is what we are going to report and I want to know what the public service will do now about this situation.”

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6 Responses for “MoH Marin Says Western Regional Managers are to Blame”

  1. Prig Minister of Belize, Ali BaBarrow says:

    As I have declared, rats are no more.

    By Prig Minister decree, Forever Henceforth Rats are now Gibnuts,

    As PM being a good attorney does declare, as Hulse backs me up——

    Bug off, I own this country.


    Wait a minute people before pointing fingers . Put the Minister at blame if he is aware of the situation and did not act on it. Put the highest last knowledgeable person at blame. Remember this is not a PUP or UDP problem. That is what causing the country not progress.

  3. concerned says:

    A string of incoherent sentences. What exactly is this man trying to say?

  4. Firewalker says:

    Seems like everyone is passing the buck and nobody is doing anything about the problem. Looks good on the internet for Belize. Come on won’t any one buy a mouse trap? The reason you have snakes is you have a food supply for them. Very disappointing

  5. frustrated mother says:

    How is this man even a minister and he can’t even talk sense??? he and his administration at the hospital all need to be fired because if it wasn’t because of politic the people at administration would not even be in that position. So u don’t know if u can even blame the manager and her assistance because they obviously dnt know how to do their jobs because they are just put there because they know the minister.
    I wish rat would bite all of them in their sleep.

  6. frustrated mother says:

    wats frustration also is saying that he does not know how the rat got in the incubator cas he is playing forensic investigator u c…he said he did not saw any hair or evidence. Keep in mind he is visiting the following day.
    And the f*ed up part is that the mourning parents regardless of the tragedy they are faced with still have use their hard earned money to pay for that stupidness. U have to pay them for killing your child.

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