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PAHO assists in the fight against COVID-19

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), through funding received from Germany, donated five defibrillators and one hundred pulse oximeters to support the case management of COVID-19 cases in Belize. One hundred non-contact thermometers, fifteen thousand units of shoulder-length disposable gloves, forty thousand KN95 masks, and six  food safety kits were also donated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness as part of the continuous support in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. PAHO/WHO Representative of Belize, Dr. Noreen Jack, handed over the medical devices and kits to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Honourable Michel Chebat.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), through funding received from Germany, donated five defibrillators and one hundred pulse oximeters to support the case management of COVID-19 cases in Belize. One hundred non-contact thermometers, fifteen thousand units of shoulder-length disposable gloves, forty thousand KN95 masks, and six  food safety kits were also donated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness as part of the continuous support in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. PAHO/WHO Representative of Belize, Dr. Noreen Jack, handed over the medical devices and kits to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Honourable Michel Chebat.  The current Food/Safety Handling program was put in place by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA). The donated food kits will assist in transitioning this program into a food risk inspection program. This shift aims to better protect consumers and maintain the continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, while avoiding preventable Food-Borne diseases’ outbreaks that can overwhelm healthcare services. Each food kit includes one LED water-resistant flashlight, one PH Plastic Strip of one hundred strips per vial, one Frying Oil Quality test strip kit of forty strips per bottle, one Supersnap extra sensitive Adenosine Triphosphate Test of one hundred swabs each, one ATP Systemsure Plus Luminometer, one hands-free fold-up magnifier, and one Digi-sense infrared food safety thermometer.  PAHO/WHO Belize will continue working to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical guidance, capacity building, and the procurement of much-needed medical equipment to Belize and the Ministry of Health and Wellness.