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Health Minister Comments on the KHMH’s Emergency Mode

The KHMHA is in emergency mode since Monday as the number of COVID-19 hospitalization has increased. Six persons have been hospitalized and one remains in the Intensive Care Unit. Elective surgeries have been put on hold until further notice and there will be no outpatient clinics during this time. The challenge the KHMH faces is that there isn’t enough space to allow for more beds. Here is how Health and Wellness Minister Michel Chebat explained it.

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “KHMH is our tertiary referral hospital and so all of the sever cases end up there and again the space is limited for the amount of people they can treat and so once the number of COVID patients increase they have to stop providing other services to use those wards for the COVID patients.”

Reporter: How many beds do they have ? 

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness:They have about thirty beds available.” 

Reporter: Okay and I believe they have about twelve hospitalizations ?

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “I think they’re down to seven today.” 

Reporter: Is there any plans to increase the number of beds seeing that if there is the Delta variant here that the cases would go up ? 

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “The problem is that there is no space so the way we increase the beds is by we close down the other wards and the beds that are there we incorporate them into the COVID relief. All of our hospitals have what we call surge areas and so depending from hospital to hospital there is a limit on the amount of beds you have varying from ten beds to thirty beds depending on where you are but what happened is when the hospitals become overburdened with COVID cases then we have to stop giving the other services, the other medical services because the other wards have to then be incorporated to attend to the patients who have COVID. And again it is a burden on our health system and I am again pleading to the Belizean public please come out and get vaccinated. Please observe the public health measures, wear your masks, wash your hands, observe the six feet distance. This is to save your life and the life of your families.”