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KHMH prepares to close COVID-19 Unit

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City is in the process of closing down its dedicated COVID unit. The decision was made after months of new COVID cases have been relatively low. The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General said that the world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that while we are not there yet, the end is in sight. Chair of the KHMHA Board Dr Andre Sosa spoke to Love News about the decision. 

Dr. Andre Sosa, Board Chairman, KHMH: “We’re at the tail end now of the COVID pandemic. Proof of that is that the numbers of deaths has decreased dramatically and we are now in the process of closing our dedicated COVID Unit and PY Units meaning that those patients who are diagnosed with COVID or are suspected of having COVID will be managing the specific isolation ooms of the wards that they correspond to. So that is a step in the right direction for so many reasons including the fact that it will allow us to free up staff because as you all are aware, there is a serious deficit of staff in the health system at present. This way of handling cases is already being implemented in other countries so we are practically amongst the last people to manage COVID cases in this manner. So broadly speaking, yes, we are following the lead of the WHO and the PAHO as well, of course.”

Reporter: Do you know if anyone is hospitalised at the moment with COVID?

Dr. Andre Sosa, Board Chairman, KHMH: “I believe we have two persons hospitalised presently. One with confirmed COVID and the other one under investigation. 

Reporter: And when was the last time a person died here because of COVID?

Dr. Andre Sosa, Board Chairman, KHMH: “We had a death last week. The person had pneumonia and COVID symptoms proved positive and yes, that person died, unfortunately.