The members of the KHMHA Workers Union have long feared for their safety as they have had problems in the past with having access to necessary equipment, such as the PPE’s. Today we spoke with the Vice President of the Union, Andrew Baird, who stated that things are better now that the Union is able to voice their concerns. While the staff is still worried about their own safety with the rise in cases that Belize is seeing, Baird stated that they have the right protocols in place.
Andrew Baird, Vice President, KHMHA Workers Union: “Of course there’s a sense that more can be done in the form of safety and protection for the healthcare workers but definitely through the Ministry of Health and where I work at Karl Heusner there are protocols and guidelines that have been put in place and of course these guidelines keep on being revised based on the situation as we go along because once there’s in the pandemic or the amount of people that is affected then the guidelines or protocols need to refit itself for the time that we are facing. There is still some little kinks and stuff like that but in Karl Huesner from the feedback we are doing okay as far as PPE is concerned. I must say the union has a representative on the KHMH COVID Committee where management is involved the union sits at the table so we are abreast of the issues that we’re facing, the staff has a voice at the table where there is any concern as far as PPEs and different equipment and stuff that needs to be addressed then the representative who is myself bring those concerns to the table and we find the best fit to address it within the means of what is provided for Karl Heusner and the Ministry. Of course there’s a hike in the number of positive cases in the country and that will always draw a concern not just to the population in Belize but also the healthcare workers we have our own reservations, we have our own concerns but most importantly our concern is always safety for ourselves as healthcare workers because if we become compromised as healthcare workers then where will the service come from ? So we at the KHMH is always clamoring with the management to ensure that we have the necessary equipment, PPEs and stuff and not just necessary but adequate PPEs for our health workers to use during this pandemic.”