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Jun 13, 2011

Groundbreaking of KHMH Children’s Intensive Care Unit

With over fifty percent of Belize’s population under twenty and child mortality continuing to plague Belize, the ground breaking for the Children’s Intensive Care Unit couldn’t have been held at a better time. The unit, which will begin by the end of this year, is set for completion at the end of 2012. The I.C.U. which is funded by Project C.U.R.E., in collaboration with Special Envoy of Women and Children will provide medical supplies and equipment for the new wing at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Gary Longsworth

Today the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Ministry of Health joined hands with Project C.U.R.E for the ground breaking ceremony of KHMH’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit. The wing is very much needed at the country’s largest public hospital.

Dr. Gary Longsworth, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“This event marks the ground breaking ceremony for the creation of our pediatric intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner memorial Hospital. Project CURE estimates that the partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Karl Heusner Memorial and the Special Envoy for Women and Children will provide approximately Belize one point two million in medical supplies and equipment for the new wing in addition to the twenty thousand dollars that have initially been raised through the fundraising efforts of Misses Simplis Barrow and Project CURE in the United States in 2010. The need for a pediatric intensive care unit at this hospital is one that has been recognized since the inception of the KHMH when at that time, the neonatal intensive care unit was established—and that’s over fifteen years ago now.”

Kim Simplis Barrow

Kim Simplis Barrow says that the unit is significant to the improvement of children’s health in Belize.

Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women & Children

“This new building will house both a pediatric intensive care unit and the neonatal intensive care unit; thereby caring for the nation’s critically ill children with proper staffing and equipment. This of course will no doubt assist in reducing the country’s under-five mortality rate.”

For Douglas Jackson, President of Project C.U.R.E., the event is a momentous occasion and speaks volumes to the act and tradition of giving:

Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson, President/C.E.O., Project C.U.R.E

“Winston Churchill said we make a living by what we get, we leave a legacy by what we give and that’s what we are doing today—we’re creating a legacy. For a lot of years this intensive care unit stands a legacy to what we are doing here today. And there will be a lot of kids that will come and go out of here that maybe wouldn’t have had a second chance but today they do because of what we are about and that’s the legacy. And there will be a day when they are standing in our position talking about the legacy that we left and deciding to leave a legacy of their own. And that example I think is as important as anything else we are doing today.”

The primary school students in attendance received snacks, crocs footwear and hygiene kits. Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

Project C.U.R.E. is an international non-profit organization based in the U.S and has been working in Belize since 2005.

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3 Responses for “Groundbreaking of KHMH Children’s Intensive Care Unit”

  1. belizean says:

    well this one i definitely cannot believe. there will be a multi-million dollar investment in a pediatric and neonatal facility at the KHMH compound. Ok, so when the first hurricane comes along 1. where will all of these delicate patients be moved to? or will they simply just have to die? 2. the beautiful building gets destroyed, then what will we do? why is health still insisting to develop in the city and not Belmopan? Belmopan was created for a reason, remember???

  2. NO VISION says:

    intensive care unit? when children are dying in PG hospital due to diarrea and vomiting, newborn babies are dying in San Pedro and San Ignacio due to lack of basic maternal child healthcare. ants eating patients in Orange Walk Hospital and Corozal Hospital has to Borrow blood from Chetumal, this paints a true picture of thr present healthcare situation of our please! now our children will die of dehydration and malnutrition, but with crocs on their feet!!!!!!!!

  3. dave says:

    lets just hope the JEWEL will be lucky and not get hit by any thing resembling a hurricane after this multi million dollar investment is built, we do need th facility but Belize city is no place to put anything of this nature, please people think about what you are doing there will be nowhere to put those precious babies in case of an emergency!!

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