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Jan 21, 2022

Ground Broken for Placencia Health Clinic

The Belize Tourism Board, Ministry of Health, and the Placencia Village Council are collaborating to finally bring a polyclinic to the village. The clinic will include consultation rooms, reception and registration areas, waiting rooms, an asthma bay, pharmacy, triage rooms, and laboratory. Minister of Tourism, Anthony Mahler and Minister of Health Kevin Bernard were on hand for the ground breaking today.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“This is just the start, like I said. We did a portion of the Hoplins Road a few months ago. And, we completed that. That was public private sector. This project is public private sector. Like the Director said, we have some comittment for equipment and an ambulance from the private sector. I truly belive in that partnership. Like I said, we have wealth untold, and like the anthem says, we have wealth untold. But, we have to package it.We might have the greatest product, but if it is not packaged properly,if it doesn’t meet internation standards then it wont be succesful. I believe this Polyclinic in this area is timely. It is the first of its kind. The people form the Minstry of health has told me that they want this to be the prototype. This is going to be the replica for the rest of the country, as they move on to building more Polyclinics.”

 

Kevin Bernard

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness

“I am very honored to be apart of this very memorable occasion. And, I am very happy for the people of Placencia Peninsusla. This ground breaking ceremony is surely a reason to celebrate. Over the past twenty years we have seen the growth and development of the Placencia Peninsula. This small finshing village has now become one of Belize’s prime tourist destination, and one of the major foreign income earner for our country.”

 

The Placencia Village Council has contributed the land for the clinic, the Ministry of Health is providing technical requirements staff, and the Tourism Board will manage the disbursement of funds. The two and a half million dollars project is being paid for through Tourism Development Funds established for the destination. Contributors include G.O.B., Norweigan Cruise Lines, and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust. The Placencia Polyclinic building should be ready for use sometime later this year.


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