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Apr 8, 2020

M.O.H. Address (Some) Concerns Raise by Nurses Association

Tensions are decreasing between the Nurses Association of Belize and the Ministry of Health.  Both parties met today to discuss concerns brought up by the association related to the equipment for frontline workers who are at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The association says that Belize’s health system is not prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, not in infrastructure, materials or personnel. Nurses’ requests continued to go unresolved up until today when the association leaders met with top officials from the Ministry of Health. The association complained that there is not sufficient protective equipment for the staff, that transportation to and from work proved to be a challenge and putting themselves in isolation because of their career has added to their financial burden. President of the Association, Darrell Spencer says that several of the concerns have been addressed.

 

On the Phone: Darrell Spencer, President, Nurses Association of Belize

“The ministry holds the position that they don’t see it necessary for the entire staff participating in the flu clinic and COVID-19 programme needs to be fully attired when it comes to body suit, face shield, masks and gloves. The Association still believes that that is the wise thing to do but the Ministry however is acting on what is recommended only. When it comes to the allowances we are certain that the labour commission and the C.E.O. of the Labour Department are going to see what is the position of the advances tht we had requested and what is the remuneration there that is given. The transportation was arranged. I want to hope the ministry will hold through on that where it concerns getting the staff to and from work, in between the districts.”


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