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B.D.F. Price Barracks hospital renovated Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

The U.S. Marines have been working along with the Belize Defense Force over a 4-month period in an effort to renovate the hospital at the Price Barracks. This task, valued at over half million Belize dollars, was funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Civic Action. This project was the brain child of Commander, Brigadier General David Jones and the 2015 US Ambassador Carlos Moreno. These men made the way for the 33 Marines and the team of Light Engineering personnel from the BDF to accomplish this feat.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony that signifies the completion of the work on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the men and women of both the BDF and Marines detailed the dedication that completing such a task required. Most of the rooms were built from the ground up and entailed facets of engineering, implementation of electric sources, and various other technicalities. Persons from both forces shared one commonality and it is that while they worked hard, they learned every step of the way and even learned from each other.

Personnel from both forces worked almost 40,000 hours to complete the task and Colonel Michael Samarov, Commanding Officer, Special Purpose Marine Taskforce, Southern Command, detailed how those hours were spent. While there were obvious improvements such as fresh paint, a new roof, better lightning and the like, Col. Samarov considers the most significant improvement to be the installation of new plumbing and electrical systems throughout the hospital.

This task or renovating the hospital works hand-in-hand with the goals of economic prosperity, citizen security, and democracy and governance, all goals of the US Embassy when it comes to working along with the Government of Belize. Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy in Belize, highlighted the significance of the hospital in the BDF community as well as the national population. Galanek considers the project “priceless” as it will benefit a very considerable number of persons, promoting a healthy Belize.