The Ministry of Education is monitoring the global monkeypox situation closely. This comes in the wake of reports of scores of cases in Mexico, the U.S. declaring a health emergency, and Guatemala reporting its first case yesterday. Belize remains free of cases at this time so for now, the school year will resume as normal come August and September. Education Minister Francis Fonseca spoke on the issue today.
Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “It’s obviously a very important issue and we’ve gotten briefings in cabinet from the Ministry of Health on this issue so we’re confident that our health experts are watching it closely following closely they are on top of it and you know just as we did with COVID at the Ministry of Education we have to be guided by our health experts so we will listen to them, we will follow expert advice. We certainly hope that it doesn’t reach our shores I think they are trying to do everything they can but you know inevitably these diseases get everywhere they reach everywhere so we’ll just have to as it is now there are no cases in our country and we are proceeding accordingly if that changes then we will have to sit down with the Ministry of Health and get advice from them on how we proceed.”
Guatemala-based Prensa Libre says the country’s Ministry of Health and Social Assistance reported that the case is that of a 31-year-old man, who resides in Guatemala City.