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Jun 23, 2020

Ministry of Health Receives a Donation of Aeroboxes to Help in COVID-19 Fight

In the fight against the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has received further assistance from the private sector. UNICOMER Belize, in collaboration with one of its product suppliers, has made available aeroboxes which are used to minimize exposure between a healthcare provider and a COVID-19 patient. The equipment will be distributed to hospitals across the country. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

MABE – one of the main suppliers for UNICOMER in the Caribbean, including Belize, has partnered with the company to provide nineteen aeroboxes to assist the Ministry of Health in its fight against COVID-19. The official handing over of the equipment took place at the Courts Main Branch in Belize City.

 

Javier Ponce

Javier Ponce, Managing Director, UNICOMER Belize

“This is only support of the health ministry and the health ministry’s guidelines to attend patients in hospitals and other. So we are happy in contributing to the well-being of the people here in Belize and we hope they will be put to good use.”

 

Reporter

“What is the value of the donation?”

 

Javier Ponce

“The value of the donation is symbolic. MABE doesn’t usually manufacture these. They were manufactured and given to us so we could donate them here in Belize; they’ve done it for several countries in the Caribbean also.”

 

The equipment is used to minimize the risk of exposure between a healthcare provider and a COVID-19 patient and the donation adds to the list of protective gears used in the health system. According to Regional Health Manager for the Central Health Region, Melinda Guerra, the donation will be distributed to regional hospitals and medical centres across the country.

 

Melinda Guerra

Melinda Guerra, Regional Health Manager, Central Health Region

“It is usually used for in-care patients. The medical care providers are going to be using it when they have to intubate patients, COVID-19 patients of course, so that’s where we are going to be using it. Normally these boxes would sit right on top of the patient’s head and shoulders—that is for COVID-19 patients—and when the doctor is actually intubating these patients, that’s the time when you have more of the virus that can spread out. So this acts like a barrier between the patient and the healthcare provider so it minimizes the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.”

 

According to Managing Director Javier Ponce of UNICOMER Belize, today’s donation is just one of many as part of its corporate social responsibility.

 

Javier Ponce

“We had made a donation to the Red Cross, not of this sort. But we made a donation to the Red Cross—I think it was a month and a half ago—to help them with the infrastructure and everything that they needed. So yes, we were there with them.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

The United Nations Development Programme also handed over testing equipment and a ventilator to the Ministry of Health, while a vehicle was gifted to the C.S.O. Hub to support outreach to vulnerable. 


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