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Aug 31, 2000

Rotary Club helps San Ignacio hospital

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Thanks to the Rotary club of San Ignacio that community now has an isolation ward to treat infectious diseases such as Cholera. The ward, which is estimated to have cost close to twenty thousand dollars, was built with the support of Cayo’s business community.

Jerry Stevens, President-Elect, Rotary Club, San Ignacio

“The isolation ward is a facility that we use in case we have a cholera epidemic. It is a highly contagious disease, other patients in the hospital would be at risk if a patient was brought into the hospital environment. So what we did was built this building to isolate these patients and hopefully we will never have to use it, but we may have to.”

Henry Anderson, P.S Ministry of Health

“We want the hospital not to be something that just sits out there and you come to when you are sick, but that the community get involved, so we can offer a better level of health care services. To add to what the minister said, we need more groups like the Rotary and we hope that this is not a last step, but yet another step in assisting us in developing the hospital here.”

Jerry Stevens, president-elect of the Rotary Club in San Ignacio says they have several other projects planned for the community. Since at present there is no cholera or other contagious disease in the area, Rotary plans to use part of the new building as an office for a diabetic hypertension clinic which will be open every Thursday.

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