Head-on collision leaves three Hospitalized Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

A head-on collision which took place in the early hours of Friday, October 19, 2018 left a total of three people hospitalized. The accident happened at around 7:00 a.m. between miles 2 and 3 on the Stann Creek Valley Road where Karima Martinez drove a white Ford Escape while Snyder Leandre, a Canadian national, drove a black Toyota Hilux pickup.

Martinez, 42, was along with her 17-year-old daughter when she swerved into the wrong lane, colliding into Leandre, 70, who was driving with his passenger, 56-year-old Ivan Jones. Both vehicles were extensively damaged.

All, except Jones, received body injuries. They were initially transported to the Southern Regional Hospital but have since been transported to the KHMH for further treatment.

Man from Benque drowns Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Residents living downstream of the Mopan River should continue to be wary of its dangerous undercurrents. As a result of the heavy showers over the past week, a large volume of water has been coming down from the Guatemalan watershed forcing the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve near Succotz to remain closed.

Shortly after midday on Saturday, those powerful undercurrents dragged down 57-year-old Abel Chi, a naturalized Belizean from Benque Viejo del Carmen. He had gone underwater leaving his shoes and clothing at the banks.

Chi will be remembered as a mason and friendly taxi driver. A post mortem on his body certified that he died as a result of drowning.

Southern Regional Hospital Deaths may spark investigation Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Two deaths in southern Belize have sparked a protest claiming negligence and malpractice at the Southern Regional Hospital. Family members of the young mother, Jayeisha Parchue, and Dangriga Town Council employee, Elroy Flores, say that the hospital employees’ indecisiveness and negligence led to the death of their loved ones.

Jayeisha Parchue is a 22-year-old, first time mother who sought medical attention at the hospital after complaining of acute stomach pain and for several days, she complained of the pain before being encouraged by her boyfriend to visit the hospital. She did and was instructed to return home until the end of the week and she did, this time accompanied by her mother, Marsha Romero. According to her mother, her daughter was taken to the ER where she was given drips and sent home. They returned later that night and Parchue was given an injection before again being sent home. She slept until the following morning when she again complained of feeling ill. Her mother returned with her to the hospital when she was finally admitted and was diagnosed with gastritis. According to Romero, an ER nurse said that her daughter needed to do an ultrasound but that never happened. Later that evening, Parchue was taken for an X-ray which showed a dark spot which was something like a boil squeezing her intestine. The following morning, a doctor visited her, who informed that she needed to undergo a surgical procedure but what followed was confusion among the hospital staff. While in the surgical ward, it was concluded that she in fact only had gastritis and would not need to undergo surgery.

Romero said that someone from the hospital staff returned saying that her daughter would be sent to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City for surgery because being that it was Sunday, they would not be able to do the procedure. He also said that they would perform urine and blood tests as well as another X-ray and it was in that X-ray room that she passed. While the family still has many questions, they are preparing to take legal action against the hospital.

The case of Flores is very similar in the sense that he went to the hospital seeking medical attention but was told that he was well and to return home by a doctor at the hospital. It was within 24 hours of being sent home that he passed.

While the community, especially residents of Dangriga, are in uproar, Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin says that it is impossible to comment on the situation until the Ministry of Health has done a final report to assess the situations.

“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award” Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 16:17

Ricky GongoraFor two consecutive years, Youth Business Trust Belize received a message stating, "Congratulations! One of your entrepreneurs has been selected for the 2009 Growing Up CEO Program!" Ricardo Gongora, a second year student at St. John’s College Junior College, was this year’s lucky recipient. 

As a winner, Ricardo was invited to a three-day Inner City 100 Summit May 19- 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the Summit, he was exposed to some of the fastest growing companies in America, and had the opportunity to develop relationships with Inner City 100 winners, gain access to world class business education and advice as well as getting to meet national business and civic leaders.  

A specialized track was developed for young inner city business owners like Ricardo where he had the opportunity to attend the CEO Forum at Harvard Business School for a luncheon session with Professor Michael E. Porter and afternoon sessions with other Harvard faculty. He received his "Growing Up CEO Award," at a luncheon with the Inner City 100 and other distinguished guests on Wednesday, May 20. He was also able to present his business at a booth which was viewed by more than 1,000 people who attended the Inner City 100 Awards Dinner.

Youth Business Trust Belize is a program offering young persons, ages 18 to 35, assistance in starting their own businesses. The program offers loan financing, training and the ever important component, mentoring, which guides the young persons’ business on the road to success.

Those who have pledged their commitment to the program, which is being funded by the Inter American Development Bank, have made a serious investment in the future of Belize. The program, which follows the Youth Business International model started by Prince Charles of Wales, boasts of a vast network of about thirty seven countries worldwide. 

YBTB applauds the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) group and Michael Porter for giving young stars around the world the encouragement for reaching their full potential

$600,000 donation from Project C.U.R.E. to KHMH Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 14:49

Kim Simplis-Barrow and Dr. Gary LonsgworthFirst Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow handed over 600 thousand dollars worth of medical equipment to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s management on Tuesday May 26, 2009.


Simplis-Barrow says that the donation came after she approached Project C.U.R.E. with a list of needs from the KHMH. Being a member of the International First Ladies’ Club, last year she attended a luncheon during which she approached Project C.U.R.E. which is the world’s largest donor of medical equipment. The total donation adds up to a handsome two million dollar figure with the first donation of a 40 foot container coming to the KHMH.


CEO at the KHMH Dr. Gary Longsworth explains that the bulk of the donation which includes a laparoscopic equipment and supplies which includes camera/video for all scopes. Also included in the donation are central percutaneous lines, casting supplies, stockinettes, web rolls, plaster, fiberglass, cast shoes, neurosurgery packs and supplies, and surgical power drills just to name a few. Dr. Longsworth says that the donation is a "veritable gold mine" which will be properly inventoried and taken care of. While the KHMH will receive the bulk of the equipment, some of it will be going to the Central, Western and Southern Regional hospitals. There are at least two other shipments which are expected to arrive in the country later this year.


In speaking with the Guardian, Dr. Longsworth explains that the equipment forms part of a wish list prepared by the KHMH and the donation addresses quite a number of the items requested. He expressed his gratitude to the first lady Kim Simplis-Barrow and to Project C.U.R.E. for the donation. He says that there are other organizations like the Rotary Club’s Sunrise and the International Children’s Hospital who have offered to assist the healthcare system in Belize and serious considerations are being made on the offers.


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