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Jun 9, 2016

Mounting Outcry Over Appointment of New Regional Health Manager

On Wednesday night, News Five broke the story of Audibaldo Monima, Belize’s brand new Regional Health Manager for the north, including major health facilities in Orange Walk and Corozal. Almost one month ago Monima was given the post, at the same time his wife was named Primary Care Coordinator at the Corozal Community Hospital. But there’s much more to the story than just a very high-level posting – in fact, there is growing concern and frustration within the northern health systems and even very high up in the Ministry of Health. For one, News Five has been able to confirm that the appointment was made by Minister Pablo Marin without input from senior health officials, even those to whom Monima will be reporting. In fact, we are very reliably informed that the first those senior health experts heard about the posting was when Monima was introduced to them. And then there’s this. According to the terms of reference for the Regional Health Manager, the posting required someone with a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration, Health Systems Management or equivalent…and a minimum of five years experience in health administration, finance and human resource management. But this is the thing. During our investigation we confirmed that Monima worked for the Belize Coast Guard for the past ten years and resigned to take this post. Our queries show that he has an Associate’s Degree in Business. Other than that, he also has a certificate he received for successfully completing what is called a Junior Staff Course in Mexico – no Master’s Degree and certainly no degree in any health related field. As we told you earlier, there is a mounting outcry over the appointment of Monima because health officials feel that there are many more qualified persons within the Ministry of Health with the required academic qualifications and the experience required for the post. Late this evening we were reliably informed that Ministry of Health officials are taking a close look at Monima’s file to determine his capability in that post. As for Guadalupe Longsworth, who acted as Regional Health Manager for the past five years, her contract as deputy regional health manager for the north was renewed in February. We tried to reach Minister of Health Pablo Marin, but he didn’t answer his phone.

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4 Responses for “Mounting Outcry Over Appointment of New Regional Health Manager”

  1. fedup says:

    Monima learned CPR at Coast Guard. Unu mean fi tell me dat’s not enough experience and qualifications for the post?

  2. Joe says:

    But why such an outcry???? this is a politically appointed post!!!!!

  3. Hatari says:

    Typical GOB political BS! Put unqualified people in positions of power so that they can control them . . . and especially the money! Just another reason all of our governmental departments and agencies are total failures.

  4. CEO says:

    This is not a PUP or a UDP thing this is just business as usual in Belize.

    many that are making fuss over this appointment they themselves may have at one time or the other been appointed to positions they were not qualified for.

    Sad situation and no one really cares!

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