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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 [...]

S.S.B. Has Paid Out More Than $4Million in COVID Benefits

And, just in case you were wondering how S.S.B. is doing as it continues to pay out sickness benefits to COVID patients, Ruiz says there is sufficient money to cover [...]

AstraZeneca Vaccines Nearing Expiration Date

The Ministry of Health has announced that their stock of AstraZeneca Vaccines will expire on January thirty-first. Hence, the Ministry is inviting persons who have still not yet received their [...]

A Shame to Waste the Vaccines

Dr. Beer said that if all the vaccines were not administered by the expiry date, it would be lamentable, since many countries are still waiting for the medication, and the [...]

Are Teachers Mandated to Get Tested?

Do teachers have to take a test to return to school? Reports reaching News Five are that teachers have been returning to classrooms without having done any test to confirm [...]

Cabinet Reviews COVID in Schools, Virtual Trials and Highway Patrols

In Cabinet news, the Minister of Education reported that all schools are being closely monitored for any potential COVID-19 outbreaks. During the first week of classes, the Ministry of Health [...]

Border Reopening Still Set for February First, Unless…

The omicron variant has broken the infection rate records around the world and Belize has been no different since this mutation of the COVID-19 virus was detected in Belize.  But [...]

Heightened Surveillance at Border Entry Points

Among the members of the COVID-19 task force that advises cabinet on the course of action to be taken during the pandemic is Doctor Melissa Diaz-Musa. She says that even [...]

COVID Cases Could Drop in February. but Surging Now

COVID cases are surging and the highest rate is among the unvaccinated. News Five has obtained a copy of a COVID-19 report from the epidemiology unit of the Ministry of [...]

High Transmission Rates in Belize, Cayo and Orange Walk

All districts have been experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks. Transmission rates are especially high though in the Belize, Cayo and Orange Walk Districts. Doctor [...]

Omicron Variant Officially Detected in Belize

While the COVID data for the past few weeks have indicated that the highly transmissible omicron variant is probably in Belize, today, News Five confirmed with Doctor Melissa Diaz-Musa that [...]

44 Active Cases in B.D.F.

The B.D.F. has at least forty-four active COVID cases. This, as the Belize District continues to have the highest transmissibility rate.  While generally isolated and locked off, there are reports [...]

Safety Protocols for the B.D.F. Parade

The official change of command within the Belize Defence Force will be held on Friday at Price Barracks. Since last week, the soldiers have been engaged in practice for the [...]

Outstanding Results for Belizean Nurses Sitting Regional Exams

The results of the Regional Examination for Nursing Registration are in, and seventy-one percent of Belize’s nurses passed the regional exam. Sixty Belizean nurses sat the exams last October. According [...]

Health Minister Says C.E.O.’s Appointment Is Positive Development

While many people would be happy to see Dr. Manzanero stay at the Ministry of Health since he was able to offer calm in the time of a storm, some [...]

Health Minister: We’d like Dr. Manza to Stay

The new Minister of Health, Kevin Bernard, met with former Director of Health Services, Michel Chebat on Monday to discuss Manzanero’s possibly staying at the Ministry of Health. This is after, [...]

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. [...]

Nurses Train for Pandemics

When asked about relevant training for nurses to better cope with COVID, she responded that nurses are trained to deal with pandemics.   Nurse Lizette Bell, Chief Nursing Officer & [...]

Nurses Shortage a Global Problem but Ministry Trying to Improve Numbers

While there is a pronounced shortage of nurses in Belize, we are not the only country experiencing it. And, when nurses fall victim to COVID, it compounds the challenge of [...]

Education Minister: No COVID Originating at Schools

Since the reopening of schools last Monday, there have been reports of COVID clusters among teachers of at least one school, and reports of other cases have caused more concerns [...]

PM Briceno Says New Health C.E.O. is Fit for the Job

On Friday Dr. Julio Sabido was confirmed as the new C.E.O. for the Ministry of Health. Prime Minister John Briceño told News Five on Saturday that Dr. Sabido is a [...]

Bernard Responds to Scepticism About New C.E.O.

For almost two months, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has been operating without a C.E.O., after Doctor Deysi Mendez was terminated from the post in late November.  Cabinet Secretary [...]

P.S.U. on Doctor Sabido’s Appointment

News Five today spoke with the President of the Public Service Union, Dean Flowers, who says that as a union they have no say in the appointment of a C.E.O. [...]

P.S.U. Writes to New Health Minister about Breakdown in Administrative Affairs

And, the P.S.U. believes that the chorus of the new Health Minister signals a new way forward. Last Wednesday, on January twelfth, the union issued a letter to Minister Bernard [...]

Is Doctor Marvin Manzanero Making a Comeback?

Since the P.U.P. took office, former Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero made the news for several reasons. He survived his bout with COVID-19, but was eventually pushed out [...]