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There is Still A Shortage of Nurses

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) continues to face challenges as it relates to a shortage of nurses. In 2022 the government decided to waiver the employment fee for Filipino nurses employed at the KHMH. Some foreign nurses are leaving Belize for various different reasons leaving the Ministry of Health and Wellness and KHMH with the task of replacing them. CEO at the KHMH Chandra Nisbet Cansino spoke to Love News. 

Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, C.E.O., Karl Heusner Memorial: “That is a worldwide, unfortunately, a worldwide challenge. Medical and health workers are extremely fatigued. Some have moved on to other professions and, you know, many are moving to other countries and I’m sure that is affecting Belize as well. We know we have people actively recruiting our healthcare workers within the country so we have to find a way to incentivise our nurses and doctors to ensure that they stay at home. We’re still facing a lot of supply challenges. That is something that we battle with on a daily basis but we do have hope for this new tender process and this new round of tenders that we would be able to get the supplies that we need to be able to run the hospital because when we don’t then we need to source them outside of the tendering process or outside of the Central Medical Lab and then we buy those at market prices and it’s extremely expensive for the hospital which is already struggling with our financial positions so we are, we’re still struggling but we remain hopeful. Sometimes, staff themselves are bringing their supplies to work. I know sometimes they go and they purchase the tape that they think is best for the patients and so we’re very grateful but that’s also no where we want to be. We want to be able to provide everything that the staff needs to perform their duties.”