The Ministry of Health today received a donation of nineteen aero boxes. These are necessary to keep doctors safe while they tend to patients infected with covid-19. The donation is from a collaboration between Mabe and Unicomer. Javier Ponce, the Managing Director of Unicomer, stated that Belize is one of various Caribbean countries to receive the donation. Accepting on behalf MOH was the regional director for the central region, Nurse Melinda Guerra.
Javier Ponce, Managing Director, Courts/Unicomer: “We’re happy to be contributing to the well being of the people here in Belize and we hope they will be put to good use. The value of the donation it’s symbolic, Mabe doesn’t usually manufacture these they were manufactured and given to us so we could donate them here in Belize they’ve done it for several countries in the Caribbean also.”
Melinda Guerra, Regional Health Manager, Central Regional: “This definitely comes in handy for the different hospitals and our regional hospitals so it’s usually used for in care patients. The Medical care providers are going to be using when they have to intubate patients, COVID-19 patients of course so that’s where we’re going to be using it. Normally this box would sit right on top of the patient’s head and shoulders, that is for COVID-19 patients, and then when the doctor is actually intubating these patients that’s the time when we have more of the viruses that can spread out so this acts as a barrier between the patient an the healthcare provider so it minimizes the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.”
The boxes will be distributed to regional hospitals and community centers.