Belize MOH receives 11 vector control vehicles

By Caribbean Medical News Staff

The Belize Ministry of Health hosted a presentation ceremony of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This is part of the Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health.

The transportation vehicles will be used to assist the health workers of the program in interventions, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country. The vehicles have a total value of BZ$720,000.

In light of the current chikungunya and ongoing dengue fever issues in the region, the vehicles are timely and useful. “The Strengthening of the Prevention and Control of Dengue and Malaria in Belize” Project was signed on December 17th, 2013 between the European Union and the Pan American Health Organization with the Ministry of Health as the implementing partner. The project also includes training for the management and maintenance of the vehicles at a total cost of $BZ2, 280,345.77.

Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit, Mr. Kim Bautista shared that the vehicles will be a great addition due to the limited mobility that they now face.

The vehicles will also help to carry out timely interventions including the control of mosquitoes which directly spread vector control diseases such as Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya.

Dr. Gerardo De Cosio, PAHO/WHO Representative for Belize mentioned that they are glad to once again partner with the Ministry of Health towards the goal of a healthier community.

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