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Nov 18, 2019

Belize & Taiwan sign 2 Million US dollar project

This morning Belize and Taiwan signed a project agreement to strengthen the Medical Imaging Services in Belize. The project will benefit three hospitals, and will see improvement in equipment, the implementation of an information system, as well as human resource trainings. Minister of Health Pablo Marin signed on behalf of the Government of Belize and the Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize Remus Li-Kuo Chen signed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Ministry of Health and the Embassy of Taiwan are embarking on a project to improve the medical imaging services in Belize. Today, they signed the two million U.S dollar agreement that will be implemented in three hospitals, including the KHMH.


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

Pablo Marin

“What we are doing, we are using two main regions which is Orange Walk and here in Belmopan and having the mother base in KHMH. We are using fiber optics from BTL for us to be able to link all images. So, whenever there is an ultrasound being done in Orange Walk or here in Belmopan, if a technician is doing it, then a radiologist at KHMH will be seeing the images and can tell us what is happening in that image. So, that is a big advance for Belize. The main reason, a lot of our patients, can’t afford to do an ultrasound and when a technician is doing the ultrasound the doctor would always refer them to a specialist which is the radiologist and that would be out of the public sector.  So, right now as we speak we are working on that technology and soon to be implementing that.”


The project will help to increase access to quality and safe imaging services. The medical imaging equipment will also be digitized in the three hospitals, and the partnership will also develop a standardized radiological information system. The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) will implement the project.


Remus Li-Kuo Chen

Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador

“Medical Imaging services in public hospitals in Belize will be standardized and digitalized, as well. In the future, medical images, for example, x-rays and ultrasounds services for patients in different regional hospitals could be sent to KHMH for medical use, through the innovative system provided by this project saving cost and time of everything, for the government and the patients. I have very strong confidence that the welfare of the patients could be improved dramatically through this project.”


Two Belizean doctors are also going to enroll in a three-year radiology programme in Taiwan. Once they complete their certification studies, they will return to work in Belize. The total estimated cost of the project is US$2.15 Million US dollars; the Government of Taiwan and Far Eastern Memorial Hospital will contribute a little over two million US dollars and Government of Belize will give seventy-seven thousand US dollars.


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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