The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan and the U.S. Southern Command handed over a mobile field hospital to the Government of Belize. The hospital is valued at 1.1 million U.S. dollars and comes through funding U.S. Southcom’s Humanitarian Assistance Program. Minister of Health and Wellness, Michel Chebat told correspondent, Fem Cruz that this comes at a time when the nation is seeing a surge in cases of COVID-19.
Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “This donation will help us with our current covid surge. It is intended to us it for patients who have moderate symptoms as a consequence of COVID and those coming from the southern and western parts of the country. The idea behind this is to try to ease some of the pressure that we have on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. We’ve had a partnership with the United States Government for many years. Our partnership with health goes back at least twenty years and so this is just another example of the solidarity we’ve had from the US government and people of the Unites States of America.”
Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Leyla Moses-Ones (oh-nesh) noted that this donation is another pillar of her country’s continuing commitment to help Belize’s response to any medical emergency, including COVID-19.
Leyla Moses-Ones, Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy: “The United States Government is making a concerted effort through all of our platforms to help our partners in the western hemisphere and I believe that through US Southern Command it has dedicated $17 million to over twenty eight countries including Belize to help in the shared battle against COVID. So we’re very proud partners here to be part of this donation, this field hospital is a $1.1 million dollar donation. It has a forty bed capacity with power generators and air conditioning and the capacity to move anywhere. It doesn’t have to be just used for COVID it could be used for any kind of humanitarian emergency so it has a lot of flexibility for use now and in the future.”
In addition to the hospital, the U.S. Government donated another one hundred thousand Belize dollars’ worth of medical supplies to the Ministry.