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MOU signed for clinic in Placencia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed for the construction of a Polyclinic for Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. The MOU was signed by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Placencia Village Council (PVC).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed for the construction of a Polyclinic for Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. The MOU was signed by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Placencia Village Council (PVC). The 5,650 square feet Polyclinic will include 4 consultation rooms, reception and registration areas, 2 waiting rooms, asthma bay, pharmacy, 2 triage rooms, laboratory, shock/trauma rooms and more. According to a press release from the BTB the Clinic will provide the highest level of service to patients. The release went on to state that the Placencia Village Council will provide the land for the construction of the facility; the MOH will provide the technical requirements, staff and management of the polyclinic; and the BTB will develop the terms of reference for the tendering procedure and manage the disbursement of funds with guidance from MOH. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million dollars and will be financed by the Tourism Development Funds established for the destination. These funds resulted from mutual agreements and collaboration between the Government of Belize, Norweigan Cruise Lines (NCL) and BTB with the aim to develop sustainable management of tourism sites, community, sanitation, health and security infrastructure. Placencia, located on the southern coast of Belize, is one of Belize’s leading tourism destinations. According to BTB Placencia experienced rapid tourism growth prior to COVID-19 which had a direct impact on the demand for health services, thereby influencing guests’ experiences. Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, signed on behalf of the BTB while Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Gough and Chairlady Ilsa Villanueva signed on behalf of MOH and the PVC respectively.