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Apr 14, 2020

Was the BMDA Blocked from Virtual M.O.H. Meeting?

Marvin Manzanero

Earlier, we reported that the K.H.M.H.A. Workers Union reached agreement on some areas during a meeting with the PM.  Among the other complaints over COVID-19 that have surfaced includes one from the Belize Medical and Dental Association, which states it has been excluded from meetings.  According to the association, this is a form of victimization since they have been vocal about certain concerns.  It cites a virtual task force meeting on April eighth from which they were locked out.  The B.M.D.A. further states that, “the leaders of the country do not appreciate constructive criticism and everything is micro-managed by a small group of individuals.”  The concern was addressed during today’s Ask the Experts session this afternoon. Director of Health Services, Marvin Manzanero said the following.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I did read it and I don’t know that I want to voice my personal or professional opinion on the matter, not at this point in time. I would rather have a discussion with Dr. Moguel in reference to that because he is the president of the BMDA. I know that we had a virtual meeting last Thursday and we didn’t send the invitation for the actual meeting, we participated in the meeting. I don’t know why he would have been boxed out. As a matter of fact, we had a very candid discussion on Wednesday morning with Dr. Moguel and I gave him my assurances that as far as I know nobody was going to be blocking any BMDA member from participating in the discussion that we have. As far as I know, my desk has never blocked any BMDA member in terms of their notes or guidance or information they are willing to share with us. So, how that came about, I can’t voice an opinion other than that. I think we have an open channel of discussion with the BMDA executive and Dr. Moguel knows very well how he can reach me in that regard.”

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