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Aug 14, 2017

Taiwan Helps Health Ministry Tackle Kidney Disease

The government of Taiwan stepped up to the plate today with a generous donation of cash and equipment. This gift will be used to assist the Ministry of Health in collecting data as well as in the prevention of renal failure; a condition that is prevalent among Belizeans. News Five’s Duane Moody was up north when the presentation was made at the Corozal Community Hospital.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, the Taiwanese Government officially handed over a cheque and medical supplies to the Government of Belize for the continuation of a three-year capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure. The donation will further assist the Ministry of Health with carrying out an epidemiological survey on kidney disease.

 

Pablo Marin, Minister of health

“The cheque is part of a survey that we are going to do for three years. You know a lot of our people are suffering from kidney failure that is because of obesity, diabetes. So we haven’t had any data as yet and so we are doing a survey over the country to see exactly what is happening and we are looking to have that data from twenty thousand Belizeans and that will tell us more or less what is happening and why we are having that problem with kidney failure. And it will be a three year survey, about two million U.S. dollars that will be invested and Taiwan is giving like eighty percent.”

 

Outside of a cheque for two hundred and twenty-one thousand U.S. dollars handed over to the ministry, the Corozal Community Hospital was also the recipient of some much needed medical supplies that will be used at the facility in the north as well as the survey. The equipment and supplies are courtesy of the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

 

Charles Liu

Charles Liu, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“Our hospitals, our doctors, our nurse are here to try to help the people in need with medications. Every year, we have the sister hospitals in Taiwan, the Far East Hospitals in Taiwan, have a strong bond with the Belize hospitals such as the Corozal Community Hospital and the K.H.M.H.  And a dedication of doctors and nurse will come here to do clinics. The mutual bond is building up. So not only the educational doctors but also the medical supplies to the hospitals in need.”

 

Pablo Marin

“You will see a lot of gloves…different kinds of gloves, needles, syringes…so those are the things that we have here. Those will be distributed in the clinic and also to do the survey.”

 

As it currently stands, the dialysis program of the ministry provides free services for only a few at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City and the Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo. According to Minister Marin there are many others who also need that specialized care, but there needs to be a multi-ministerial approach.

 

Pablo Marin

Pablo Marin

“We are only looking at maybe like thirty persons and there are more people asking when will I be able to come into the program. As it is right now, it was something that we had already signed with WORTH. WORTH has already went out, but now we stuck with this. So we are saying what are we going to do next? You know the finance is limited and we have lots of things to do. So we have about two million dollars set aside for dialysis and looking at it, we can expand and give more people.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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