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Mar 11, 2020

COVID-19 Isolation Area Puts Staff, Hospital at Risk

Lidia Alpuche Blake

According to the K.H.M.H. Workers Union, having the COVID-19 isolation unit within the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital puts the entire hospital at risk. Union President Lidia Alpuche Blake and Vice President Andrew Baird are calling on the authorities to address their concerns in a timely manner or members will take the next step needed to have it addressed.


Lidia Alpuche Blake, President, K.H.M.H.A. Workers Union

“Let’s plan something for the nation. It is coming. We don’t know at what level we will reach it but we cannot put the only national tertiary referral hospital for the public in jeopardy by putting the isolation unit within the hospital. Get a Mennonite house probably outside. Our press release was sending that message to them. Let’s bring all who are on the ground to the table and find how we can find a solution that will work for the nation.”


Hipolito Novelo

“So has the union formally communicated this by email to the C.E.O. or the board?”


Lidia Alpuche Blake

“We were having different meetings, saying things people taking it back but the only way you can get things is by doing a stand like that. That is the only way they listen to you.”


Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird, Vice President, K.H.M.H.A. Workers Union

“The union position in reference to the use of Karl Heusner to isolate or see patients diagnosed or with symptoms of corona virus is no. this is not about Karl Heusner. This is about the nation of Belize. Can the country of Belize afford the national referral center be quarantined for one day, two days or three days because there is widespread of Covid-19 among the staff and adult patients within this institution. Because once we have a widespread among staff they will quarantine Karl Heusner. Can this country afford that? That’s the first question that the powers that be must ask themselves. We see what is happening in Italy. We what continues to happen around the world with healthcare givers on the frontline. They become patients. If we at Karl Heusner become patients, who will be on the frontline for the national referral center?”


Hipolito Novelo

“What if the union does not get answers to your concerns how far are the members willing to go?”


Lidia Alpuche Blake

“Whatever the members want. We move with the power of the members.”

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