A raccoon inside of Belize’s national hospital is not something residents see every day, and the incident last week definitely left many of them alarmed. Like many other animals, raccoons can carry diseases. The question of how the raccoon got into the KHMH’s ceiling is still unanswered, but speculations are that it is simply due to wear and tear. The hospital has been in operation for twenty-five years and is supposed to have regularly scheduled maintenance. However, according to Doctor Marvin Manzanero, the director of health services, millions of dollars are owed to KHMH, which puts a strain on their finances.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Service:“I think there is maintenance scheduled that is not able to be met because of the amount of things that are owed by patients to Karl Huenser. I think they’re recovery on a monthly basis is only about 30% of the hospital bill that gets paid. Almost no recovery is done from A&E I mean those patients coming to accidents and emergency I think it’s less than 5% of what is paid back to the hospital so those are monies that eventually they have to do with their subvention because you will know that they get their subvention through us but anything else after that they really have to foot on their own, payment of staff and stuff like that. It racks up pretty quickly it’s millions of dollars that are owed at the end of the year. I believe Karl Heusner gets bout $28 million per year.”
Reporter: And that has to cover…
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Service: “Everything. All their human resources, all their equipment, supplies, everything and they are supposed to recover it from the services they offer but that doesn’t happen as I said the recovery is very minimal.”
When we spoke to Public Relations officer for KHMH, Tylon Tillett on Friday he stated that the hospital will put in measures to ensure the incident does not repeat itself.