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Apr 14, 2020

More Businesses are Looking Fumigation to Kill Coronavirus

The burial of Conrad Everett took place over the weekend in line with protocols established with the World Health Organization. Now, the cluster of persons that also tested positive includes family members who worked at different establishments. The Belize Health care Partners where he was first hospitalized closed and is to re-open on Wednesday. In the downtown area, Brodie’s Supermarket also closed temporarily and so did Scotia Bank. These establishments are also undergoing fumigation. In the following story, News Five’s Isani Cayetano discusses the process of fumigation.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Decontaminating public spaces, businesses and residential properties are services that are presently in demand amid the coronavirus emergency that Belize, as well as the rest of the world, is dealing with.  Earlier today, a team of men entered the San Ignacio Town Hall compound and proceeded to disinfect it, before moving on to spray nearby streets, as well as stores and other shopping centers.


Earl Trapp

Earl Trapp, San Ignacio Mayor

“We would have been disinfecting town hall and the principal streets of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and as well we would be disinfecting in front of all the supermarkets where people would traverse on a daily basis.  In doing this, like I said, we are trying to clean the area that people with the virus may have passed.”


It’s a similar exercise that took place in downtown Belize City over the weekend where Scotiabank was properly sanitized after it had been discovered that the daughter of a COVID-19 patient who succumbed to the virus on Good Friday had been working.  To do the job, Chemical Specialties were called in.


Russell Gongora

Russell Gongora, Operations Manager, Chemical Specialties

“Everybody has to do a part to try to combat this COVID-19.  Everybody has a play or a role to do something to combat this COVID-19, it’s not just left under the Ministry of Health to do something or the government to do something.  It takes each, I think it’s the responsibility of each person, each Belizean to do a part for this COVID-19 to be eliminated.  We know that social distancing is one which we doing and implementing but a lot of people are not doing what is something very essential to combat this COVID-19 which is to disinfect, especially essential places.”


The twin towns have seen the need to undertake a thorough cleansing of their streets and according to Mayor Earl Trapp, all efforts are being done to spray the main streets at least once a week.


Earl Trapp

“The least we can do is try to go in the areas where people would normally go on a daily basis and disinfect it.  We want to do this at least once a week until after this crisis is over, hopefully for the next month we want to disinfect San Ignacio and Santa Elena and of course in front of all the supermarkets.”


For Chemical Specialties, the demand for fumigation has increased considerably and there is now a call for other businesses to get involved by doing their part to keep Belize clean and free of deadly pathogens.


Russell Gongora

“There sure is a demand, in fact the demand will be so great that I don‘t know if I will need to, well I will do what I can do, but I can tell you this, there is a demand and like I said, we have to this service available out there and not expect just the Ministry of Health or government to provide this disinfection process that‘s why I believe that the private sector, everybody that‘s into business, every entrepreneur should change or diversify their way of doing business, especially to suit the different changes that are occurring, especially these fast changes that are occurring our business community.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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