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Apr 14, 2014

A fleet of support vehicles donated to the Ministry of Health

This morning, the Ministry of Health received a fleet of health support vehicles from the United Emirates. The twenty-six vehicles are valued at three hundred thousand dollars; essentially they are three-wheeled motorcycles with a cover unit equipped with seating and stretcher to transport patients. The Ministry of Health says they will be distributed to hospitals around the country on a priority basis and will not be replacing the ambulances.  Both the Ministers of Health and Tourism and Culture attended the ceremony this morning in Belize City.


Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

Manuel Heredia Jr.

“I had the visit of Sofia, who is stationed in Brussels…she and her family visited San Pedro about almost two years ago and I came up with the idea of how you all can help San Pedro to be able to get something that will be adequate enough for the island—not only San Pedro, but Caye Caulker, Placencia; those more remote areas. And she said I will work when I go back and make sure we can do something and about three months ago, she called me and said that she had identified through some friends in Dubai that they had this special ambulance—this three wheeler ambulance. At the time I said, what would a three-wheeler ambulance look like and what can it do. After they were assembled, I can see that they are perfect for the needs that we need. They are not sophisticated but it is something that can bring more comfort to tourist or our locals, up north or down south of San Pedro and including the area like San Pedrito, San Juan and downtown San Pedro. So I am much appreciative of the embassy, and also Minister Elrington who was instrumental in making sure they arrived over here properly and so.”


Pablo Marin

Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“We don’t want people to confuse. This is not an ambulance; this is a support vehicle. This is for areas that we want to do outreach works or like San Pedro is small, so we can leave one of these mobile units in different areas so it will be faster for them to reach the clinic. So it is more a support vehicle.”



“Are you able to say…we’ve received twenty-six of them? Am I right? So the whole country has needs; how they will be deployed?”


Pablo Marin

“Well our technical people will give us the advice…definitely San Pedro will be receiving three of them. It is about three hundred thousand [dollars] worth; it is twenty-six mobile, service vehicles. This is what we have right now, but by next week, next two weeks, we will be able to know exactly where the rest of the mobile vehicles will be going.”



“Now, we see on it that it says Dubai, United Arab Emirates; that’s one of the riches countries on earth. Just looking at it from outside, you would say that no way one of the richest countries on earth di use den yah lee thing fi ambulance or fu health service vehicles?”


Pablo Marin

“Well if Dubai is using these kinds of service vehicles this means it is very convenient very essential in all the urban areas. And this is what we are going to use. And definitely we are already looking to get two new ambulances coming in and we are already looking to get about four more to service the entire country. But this is not an ambulance; this is a service vehicle.”

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3 Responses for “A fleet of support vehicles donated to the Ministry of Health”

  1. Rod says:

    All the ministers will be driving one and using them for their personal use guaranteed.

  2. Ali Babarrow sez Belize is #3! says:

    any updates on the Benque ambulance repair?
    Back in Belize?

    thought not.
    Those parts are being flown in from another planet’s free trade zone on the other side of the galaxy.
    along with a shipment of contraband cigarettes, booze and meth manufacturing equipment.
    any light year now.

    What do the Italians think about their gift to Belize, now residing in Guatemala?

    $300k, 26 vehicles, that will take a few months before being stolen or wrecked.
    enjoy it while it lasts!

    Thanks United Arab Emirates! Keep us in mind for 2015, and if you have parts for the Benque ambulance and can get it out of hock in Guatemala that would be a little extra we deserve in 2014.

  3. daniel says:

    What are Arab bread delivery trucks doing dressed up as medical transportation? lets see going up and down those pot hole and hilly pig trails in Benque, couple of heavy people in the back, front wheel in the air, and rolling down the hill. If the ill persons being carried would have survived, these things will finish them off for sure LOL. Just give Benque back our full size Ambulance that was reported caught carrying contraband in Melchor, and impounded in San Benito Peten. Mayor’s excuse of repairs just don’t fly, since Nov. 13′ and the dealer for Fiat is in Belize City for warranty work??? were not that ignorant Mr. Mayor LOL, just tell free zone gang to pay the fine and get our Ambulance back please.

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