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Jun 9, 2017

U.S. Opens New Ladyville Health Center

The key for a new health center was delivered today by the U.S. Government to the Ministry of Health. The project was undertaken by the Beyond the Horizon 2017 humanitarian exercise.  The new facility in Ladyville will provide comfort to patients in the growing community as well from neighbouring areas.  It has a waiting room, bathrooms equipped with a railing for patients with special needs, a triage room, two private consultation rooms and a pharmacy. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Since arriving in Belize several weeks ago, the men and women of the United States Southern Command have been busy undertaking various humanitarian projects across the country.  As part of the annual initiative known as Beyond the Horizon, a team of doctors and engineers and other specialty officers have built classrooms and medical centers, among other vital infrastructure, in a number of rural communities.  This morning, they gathered for the inauguration of the Ladyville Health Clinic.

 

Ramon Figueroa

Dr. Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

“It’s building our capacity to increase access and coverage for the population.  As you know, we are faced with a challenge in terms of our facilities [that] are still built to cater to a very small population and over the years it has grown and we need to increase the capacity to be able to cater to the needs of the population and the area of Ladyville and Lord’s Bank in particular has grown significantly since we built the initial health center.  So that’s going to help us in being able to provide better service for a larger population.”

 

Those services will be carried out chiefly from this location, a fifteen hundred, sixty square foot building that was built by a U.S. Army taskforce.

 

Jesus Perez

Major Jesus Perez, Task Force Engineer

“We did three projects of opportunities.  One of them was to paint the two-storey building that is next to the one that we built.  Also, we identified the need for having a handicap ramp in this building and that was not part of the scope, so we did the design and also then we bought the materials and built it.  And with the ramp, we built a railing for it.  We had a welder from our home unit, Fort Buchannan, Puerto Rico, that’s where my home unit is and he is a welder, he’s a civilian.  So he did the welding of the hand rails.”

 

The overall scope of work, according to Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’affaires at the United States Embassy, also includes the provision of medical and dental services.  Not all of those works, however, were outlined in the initial list of assignments.

 

Adrienne Galanek

Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’affaires, U.S. Embassy

“Some of those projects, those additional projects that occurred, like the painting of the existing clinic structure, those are all projects that the team identified themselves and then they work with their colleagues and they just do it.  Many of those extra projects are out of the troops own resources and their own time.  So it really hasn’t made much additions to the budget because they’ve assumed those resources themselves.  But the overall cost of the project is approximately eleven point five million dollars, but as I said earlier the real way to measure the project is [that] it’s priceless, in terms of the relationships that they have built and the contributions from the different members of the community, local governments, private sector, from our service members, the B.D.F., the ministries of health and education.  You just can’t measure that in dollars and cents.”

 

The benefits of the recent works, says Ministry of Health C.E.O. Dr. Ramon Figueroa, go beyond just the physical buildings.

 

Dr. Ramon Figueroa

“Not only are we improving our infrastructure, but we, as you well know, we have clinics that are being held at the community level and so that’s an expansion of services and with it comes medication and equipment as well.  So that’s the benefit in terms of the overall services provided to the population.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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1 Response for “U.S. Opens New Ladyville Health Center”

  1. Marie says:

    Thanks to all who contribute to the welfare of humanity, people take good care of it. God bless helping hands and giving hearts.

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