Ministry of Health establishing Additional Dialysis Services in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 July 2010 00:00

Belmopan. July 19, 2010

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on May 3, 2010 for the establishment of affordable haemodialysis services at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and at La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital, a series of events leading to the official opening in September have been taking place through the collaborative efforts of a task force for this project spearheaded by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
One of the significant steps towards this establishment calls for the training of nurses and Bio-technicians by the World Organization of Renal Therapies

(WORTH) for the proper management and maintenance of the dialysis units at both hospitals.  The Task Force welcomed the visit of Dr. Wayne Trebbin, President of WORTH and Nurse Carolyn McTeague, Vice President of WORTH for a second time to Belize last week for the purpose of conducting training for nurses in dialysis treatment.
Dr. Trebbin commented to the task force that he was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the nurses in their anticipation for the start of affordable dialysis service for the larger population of Belize. He along with Nurse McTeague was also pleased with the preparation of the nurses in familiarizing themselves with basic background information on kidney failure and dialysis treatment. 

This initial training of dialysis nurses was done at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.  A total of sixteen nurses and four Bio-technicians for both hospitals received training. A second training is scheduled for early September.  The shipment of the dialysis machines and supplies will arrive in Belize during the week of July 26 and the constructions of both units are at a satisfactory seventy-five percent completion. 

The task force with responsibility for the project is chaired by Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and has representation from both Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and La Loma Luz Hospital.