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Jan 18, 2022

P.A.H.O./W.H.O. Thanks Chebat for Collaboration

While we spoke with Chebat, we asked for his reaction to a letter from W.H.O./P.A.H.O., thanking him for the collaboration during his tenure as the Minister of Health and Wellness. Signed by the Director Dr. Carissa Etienne, it states in part, “We applaud your commitment to strengthening the health systems especially during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring increased access to COVID-19 testing through decentralization into all districts, and to COVID-19 vaccination for all people of Belize, enabling greater than 60 percent vaccination coverage”. The former minister of health told us today that he tried his best.


Michel Chebat

Michel Chebat, Former Minister of Health

“They were very supportive of Belize’s effort in the combat against COVID. They were instrumental in assisting us to get vaccines. They were instrumental in getting us test kits. So the work that they did and that they continue doing is vital for our health system in Belize and so I had worked very closely with them and I think together with the support they lent we were able to make some major accomplishments. One of them was to be able to get testing across the country. As you know, when we took over, it was very limited where you could get tested, so with their assistance we were able to get it across the country and we were able to get over two hundred thousand Belizeans fully vaccinated. So I am grateful to them for their support, for the time I was there at the Ministry of Health and Wellness.”

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