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Sep 6, 2021

K.H.M.H. is Short of Staff amid COVID Surge

With numbers increasing exponentially via community spread in Belize City, the surge in COVID-19 cases continues to stretch the resources that are available at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital extremely thin.  These include personnel, as well as equipment.  As it stands, the K.H.M.H. can accommodate as many as twenty-three hospitalized patients in its COVID Unit.  What the national referral facility woefully lacks are nurses and doctors to man the ward around the clock.  Despite a commitment from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to provide additional human resources in the days ahead, the hospital remains short of staff.  According to Doctor Andre Sosa, Chair of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority, they are simply making do with what they have.


Andre Sosa

Dr. Andre Sosa, Chair, K.H.M.H.A.

“We are coping, but only just, and yes, we are woefully understaffed.  We have managed to recruit a significant number of nurses.  I think that between full-time and party time, we managed to recruit thirty nurses from the last time I was here.  We have gotten commitment over the weekend from the Ministry of Health & Wellness to make available for us a number of registered nurses, professional nurses.  Hopefully we will be able to get at least six to nine more nurses, hopefully by tomorrow, to be able to help make up those numbers.  Bear in mind though, it’s not just putting bodies on the wards or in the service because the kinds of skills that are needed are not necessarily readily available either.  For example, we need midwives, we need doctors and nurses with experience in dealing with ventilator machines and so on and so forth.  Our staff is working flat out to do that.  We will need some help in terms of securing all the necessary supplies to be able to do the work.  The supply chain has been very iffy for the last several months.  I think that it is fair though to say that in the last week or so there has been improvement but we are not there yet.  So we need to secure those supply chains, thats one.  Two: we will need more staff to bolster and to relieve the K.H.M.H. personnel.”

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