Two COVID-19 testing booths were installed on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) compound this morning just after ten o’clock. The donation was through the efforts of the Belize City Council as a dedication to their former employee, Hubert Pipersburgh who lost his fight against COVID-19. Love News was present for the handing over and learnt how the booth will be utilized.
Nurse Casilda Bowman, Manager, Isolation and Critical Care Unit, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital: “What we’re trying to do is from the point of entry to identify persons who we consider as a suspected case and that we examine them and do the testing out here so it decreases the exposure to the rest of the staff. So our first point of testing is here. We have a nurse that is identified to do a triage of all the patients who come into the emergency department, they then determine if the patient has symptoms of COVID and they identify them, they would place them here, a physician then is identified and also we come and do the procedure of testing the patient for COVID. And of course there are different mechanisms that happen if the patient is critically ill the patient will go in of course we have room that is identified for these types of patients. They wait for the results if there is a positive result we have an isolation unit that is specific for COVID patients that they will then go there.”
Reporter: If it is that they are at an advanced …..
Nurse Casilda Bowman, Manager, Isolation and Critical Care Unit, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital: “If they need critical care yes. If they can go home and self isolate then they would do that.”
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner handed over the booths that they had especially made for the KHMH.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Essentially through my offices I was able to make contact with some donors because we felt that as a city we needed to contribute to help the whole effort in this COVID pandemic. We actually lost one of our workers and we felt compelled that we had to help in this area especially in the testing area because we believe that maybe if things were much better then what happened would probably never occurred so we instead of just moping about we said we wanted to ensure that we provide testing booths and so we are giving two of these testing booths to KHMH and one to Cleopatra White and one to Matron Roberts as well.”
Reporter: Construction ?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Yeah, it’s built in Belmopan through Eric Welding Services, it’s a new group out there and very inexpensive. It’s a 50×48 structure with 18,000 BTU air conditioning unit. Pretty safe and it met all the modelling requirements and so we felt that we wanted to go along this route.”
Reporter: The value of the donation sir?
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Approximately for each booth it’s like $2,000 for each booth so it’s about $8,000.”
According to Wagner, KHMH will retrofit the booth to meet their safety standards.