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Government of Dubai Donates 26 Community Health Vehicles to Belize Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

minister marin and community health vehicles.jpg - 125.26 KbThe Government and people of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, have donated twenty-six health support vehicles to the Government and people of Belize. On Monday, April 14th, the Ministry of Health held a brief ceremony to officially announce the donation.

Dr. Peter Allen, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, says the donation is only the beginning of a relationship that will see Belize benefit greatly from the well resourced state. He says, “This is really just a foot in the door.” The vehicles are three-wheeled motorcycles with a passenger cover attached which is equipped with seating and a stretcher to support patients. Dr. Allen says the vehicles will be used mainly for community health outreach. He says they will be used for public events. Medical teams will be transported with medical kits to events where there are mass gatherings and provide services when needed. The vehicles will also be used as mobile clinics and to make home visits to senior citizens. Dr. Allen says there are many ways in which the vehicles will be used but “they are not replacements for ambulances”. According to the Ministry of Health, “The vehicles will be distributed to identified priority regional and community hospitals across the country where there are transportation and logistical challenges.”

Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, thanked the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, for the generous donation. He says the support of international allies is very important for the development of health services in countries like Belize. He also thanked the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., and the Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, for their effort in building this relationship with Dubai.

The donation is valued at approximately $300,000.  The presentation was done at the compound of the National Engineering and Maintenance Center in Belize City where Dr. Allen says the technicians have been trained in methods of proper maintenance of the vehicles.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:00