In recent weeks, perhaps one of the top concerns expressed was the lack of human resources or health personnel to address any presence of COVID-19 in Belize. During this morning’s press brief the Prime Minister announced that medical help is on the way to Belize in the form of health personnel. An estimated 60 health workers will be traveling to Belize this week from Cuba to lend aid to our local personnel.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “We need to make clear that we are as prepared as we can be, and again details of how prepared we are will be given by the medical team. I will limit myself to saying that there is help arriving for our medical front line personnel, we have already chartered a couple of planes out of Guatemala, we wanted to use TropicAir but they don’t have a big enough carrier, they do have a plane that’s larger than the rest of the fleet but that would have involved something like four trips and it is 61 or 62 medical personnel that we’re getting from Cuba so we had to source charter flights out of Guatemala City via our embassy. Bottom line is that there will be two flights, the larger of the two planes is the one that will be going to Havana so the bulk of medical personnel will be arriving on Wednesday and then the balance on Thursday. We’re going to house them at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.”