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TAB lashes out on Punta Gorda Hospital

And in sticking with issues within the health sector, several organizations and business in the south continue to clamor for better health care.  Last week we brought you an interview with businessman Darius Avila who indicated the challenges in getting lab works done in the towns of Punta Gorda and Dangriga.

And in sticking with issues within the health sector, several organizations and business in the south continue to clamor for better health care.  Last week we brought you an interview with businessman Darius Avila who indicated the challenges in getting lab works done in the towns of Punta Gorda and Dangriga.  Tonight the Toledo Association of Businesses (TAB) is registering their concerns as well, saying that the Punta Gorda Hospital has only been able to deal with the most basic of medical cases. The release notes, quote, “As a result several patients have to be transferred over 100 miles away to get treatment at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga. Toledo is the only district in Belize whose referral hospital is 100 miles away. This is not acceptable!” End of quote. The release goes on to say that to have the citizens in the southern district continue in this terrible state is a disservice to the people.  Another release came from the Battle of the Drums Secretariat.  In that document the Secretariat highlighted other issues and joined the Toledo Association of Businesses in calling on the Minister of Health to assess the situation and incorporate appropriate measures in the strategic planning of the Ministry to address the concerns.  A third release came from the Toledo First Movement (TFM).  The TFM noted, quote, “we express our fullest support for the Toledo Association of Businesses (TAB); The Battle of the Drums Secretariat; and Mr Darius Avila, businessman of Punta Gorda Town in their quest to seek an in-depth investigation into the gross failure of the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga to deliver vital laboratory services and medical care for a seriously ill person.”  TAB added that the narrative is one which speaks to a systemic breakdown of the health services offered in the Toledo District. That many seriously ill patients need to be sent on this long journey only to not receive the necessary care is appalling. That the ill patient in question and so many other patients die as a direct or indirect result of the system’s inadequacy is heartbreaking.