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El Salvador offers scholarships to Belizean doctors

Belizean doctors are to benefit from scholarships offered by the Government of El Salvador. This is one of the results of a recent visit by Minister of health Pablo Marin to that country. The three day visit came at the invitation of the Minister of Health of El Salvador, Dr. Elvia Violeta Menjivar and her deputy, Dr. Julio Robles Ticas. The visit allowed for further discussions to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual health benefits in human resource development and information sharing between both countries. While negotiations continue, the Government of El Salvador has offered to provide free services through the visit of a medical team at the end of this month and also offered 21 scholarships in various medical specialty areas to Belizean doctors. Minister Marin also held discussions with Dr. Jose Vicente Coto, Director of the National Drug Regulatory Authority with specific focus on the progress and benefits that will come from El Salvador’s National Laboratory as they are working on becoming the first certified lab for drug testing in Central America. Technical advice was also offered in the area of drug regulations particularly in the continued development of Belize’s official Drug Registry.