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Avian Influenza Poses Threat to Poultry Industry, Blue Creek Farm Quarantined

Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, is posing a serious threat to the hundred and fifteen million dollar poultry industry.  As we reported on Tuesday, the Belize Animal Health [...]

Health official: Dead Poultry Don’t Spread Bird Flu

While avian influenza can spread rapidly within the bird and poultry populations, bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans. But sporadic human infections of avian influenza, also known as bird [...]

One Slight COVID Upsurge Noted Since School Reopened

Doctor Melissa Diaz-Musa also said that since the reopening of schools over the past two weeks, there has been only one observation of a marginal upsurge of COVID-19 cases, but [...]

COVID on Decline, Despite September Celebrations

This year, COVID has allowed us to return to a sense of normalcy and, even with no mandated public health measures in place; new infections during the September Celebrations are [...]

Wellness Week to Promote Taking Breaks from the Desk

Later this month, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will observe Wellness Week in union with the rest of Central America. Director of Public Health and Wellness, Doctor Melissa Diaz- [...]

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Detected on Blue Creek Farm

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority has placed a poultry farm in Blue Creek Village under quarantine after detecting the Avian Influenza in its animals. The farm currently houses over twenty-five [...]

Improving the Health of Police Officers in Belize

The last few weeks have seen at least three police officers between the ages of twenty-five to fifty-two die of health complications. These deaths have brought into sharp focus the [...]

M.O.W.H. Launches National Adolescent Health Strategic Plan

Today, at Escuela Mexico in Corozal District, the Ministry of Health and Wellness launched a National Adolescent Health Strategic Plan. Now, an adolescent is defined as a child, ages ten [...]

A Holistic Approach to Adolescent Health, Beyond the Presence of Disease

For the outcomes to be achieved there is a holistic approach that goes beyond the Ministry of Health and Wellness and includes public and private sector collaboration. Doctor Natalia Largaespada [...]

New Medical Imaging Equipment for K.H.M.H.

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital received a donation of equipment used in medical imaging from the Taiwanese government.  On Thursday, a brief handing over ceremony was held at the K.H.M.H. [...]

Positive COVID-19 Cases in Belize Fall Significantly

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has decided that it will only be reporting newly detected positive COVID-19 cases twice a week to the general public. That decision comes after [...]

Isolation Period for COVID-19 Patients Reduced to Seven Days

And with the decrease in cases comes a decrease in the time a COVID-19 patient is required to be in isolation. Belize’s COVID-19 isolation period now stands at seven days, [...]

No Confirmed Monkey Pox Case in Belize

Doctor Musa also gave an update on the Ministry of Health’s ongoing monkey pox surveillance. Since the ministry began its efforts to detect the virus, seventeen samples have been tested. [...]

New Equipment for the National Forensic Science Services

The National Forensic Science Services was the recipient of equipment that will improve the capacity of the organization to carry out its duties. Both pieces of equipment will assist with [...]

Belize Receives $2 Million in Medical Donations from India/PAHO

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Belize, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, submitted a proposal to the UN-India Development Partnership Fund to assist the country in [...]

Thirty Million Dollars in Medication and Medical Supplies to Be Distributed

The Ministry of Health and Wellness recently signed tender contracts valued at thirty million dollars for the supply of medications and medical supplies. Minister of Health Kevin Bernard explained that [...]

COVID Symptoms Less Severe but COVID Payout Remain High

One interesting revelation today was that while the number of COVID cases is fewer today and the symptoms are less severe than a few months ago, the Social Security Board [...]

Collectively Strengthening the National Response to HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS continues to be a priority in Belize and the National Health Insurance, in collaboration with the Social Security Board, has been able to secure an almost three million U.S.-dollar [...]

Monkeypox Outbreak is a Concern for Local Hotel Industry

Tonight, Belize remains free of any confirmed cases of monkeypox. But, the Belize Hotel Association is asking the Ministry of Health and Wellness to get ahead of a possible spread [...]

U.S. Defense Department Partners with Belizean Surgeons for Medical Mission

A U.S. Army surgical team with the United States Southern Command Joint Task Force Bravo based in Honduras has been in Belize since the beginning of the week. The team [...]

Reports of Monkeypox in Belize; Tests So Far Prove Negative

There were images and perhaps even reports circulating today, suggesting that Monkeypox is present in Belize. The reports caused concern among some people, some of who took to social media [...]

K.H.M.H. Frontline Workers Get Training on Detecting Mental Illness

This morning, public health officials engaged in the M.H. Gap at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. It is a training session aimed to create awareness among non-specialists, such as general [...]

B.D.F. Officer in Need of Blood Following R.T.A.

And, those B.D.F. officers who survived last week’s tragic road traffic accident are in recovery. Eight of the ten surviving officers have been released from the hospital. Two, however, remain [...]

Health-oriented Organizations Receive Assistance from Global Fund

The Global Fund is providing over three million dollars in grant funding, through the National Health Insurance, to five organizations to allow them to continue with their health-related projects for [...]

Ministry of Health and Wellness Conducts Search on Four Pharmacies Inside FSTV

Today, personnel from the Ministry of Health and Wellness descended upon four drugstores inside the Fort Street Tourism Village that are believed to be connected, including Pharmacy Express Limited. Credible [...]