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May 7, 2021

Bullet Tree Health Clinic is Officially Inaugurated

Today, the Government of Belize inaugurated a health clinic in the village of Bullet Tree in the west. At an official ceremony this afternoon, Minister of Health and Wellness, Michel Chebat and C.E.O. Deysi Mendez were joined by Prime Minister John Briceño as the health facility was officially opened. The goal is to make healthcare accessible to the over six thousand residents in the village and surrounding areas. After years without a facility, the health centre was realised today.


Michel Chebat

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness

“This is in keeping with my promise as your area rep to improve the lives of our residents in Cayo North and it is a part of the commitment made to the Belizean people in our PlanBelize manifesto where we promised to retrofit existing healthcare facilities and build more community health clinics. This is a dream that has finally come true for the villagers of Bullet Tree. Not only have we retrofitted this facility, but we have gone a step further and have upgraded it to a category of a health centre. Access to affordable and quality healthcare is a universal human right and now, the people of Bullet Tree and surrounding villages will have a full-fledged health centre that will serve their basic healthcare needs.”


John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“What Micho and his team are doing here today is just a small step towards what we want to do with the health system, making sure that everybody can have access. Now I know we’ve come and taken over this government at the worst possible time. Now we knew that there were going to be problems, that there were going to be challenges, but trust me I didn’t know it was going to be that bad. I said, “Lord, I knew it was going to be bad, but not that bad.” But we have people that are prepared to work that are determined to work, to turn things around. This area, as soon as we got into, after the elections was under water. We had these historic floods and right after that, we knew that we had to handle and fight and try to flatten the COVID curve. COVID-19 was spreading all over the country and we had people dying almost every day. How many of our families and friends were in the hospital and we were worried about what is going to happen to us. And we knew that we had to do the tough decisions to be able to get back to work.”


The Prime Minister got his COVID-19 vaccination today. The health centre will be opened from Monday to Friday from eight a.m. to five p.m. and will offer out-patient services, including chronic illnesses, general checkups, general paediatric services, daily dressings, vaccinations, pap smears, family planning methods among others.

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