The Western Regional Hospital received an exterior three bedroom isolation unit to treat patients with Pneumonia or patients awaiting results from their COVID-19 testing. Our Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: As the country moves into another phase of greater needs and challenges the Ministry of Health continues to work tirelessly in putting other measures in place. Dr.Javier Zuniga the Western Region Manager spoke about the work done here at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan.
Dr.Javier Zuniga, Western Region Manager: “We continue to to make preparations here at Western Regional Hospital for the COVID-19 pandemic and just to give you some updates, we have recently received a Mennonite house from the Ministry of Health, a three bedroom and this will be used primarily for patients who present with pneumonia and we have to hold them in for a while before we get a confirmatory test so they will be isolated in that area before we move them to the COVID-19 isolation ward. We’re also working on a separate isolation unit presently that can hold about fifteen to twenty more patients- this will take our capacity to about thirty three and we also have a separate operating theater and delivery room also being prepared, this is almost complete. These two projects have been sponsored by the Santander Sugar Factor and we have received an outpouring of support from the community, the Inspiration Center through First Lady Mrs.Barrow have donated face shields, towels, hand soap, hand sanitizers. We also got a testing booth that was donated by Bright Solutions and Mr.Jacob Gunter and we also had gotten some solar lights to be placed in the flu clinic that is being donated by ProSolar Engineering. So as you can see the work continues for preparation and we hope for the best.”