San Pedro welcomes Belize Mission Project
Friday, November 1st, 2013
The Belize Mission Project is back in Belize offering free medical clinics in various parts of the country. The group of approximately 100 US medical volunteers will be in the country for two consecutive weeks and include 30 dentists and five physicians. The project has been coming to Belize for over 22 years and this year, it is one of the largest groups of recent years, costing the volunteers a total of about $800,000 in combined time, supplies and contributions to the country. The Belize Mission Project has been coming to Belize through the efforts of Dr Frank Whipps and this year, Ambergris Caye will see two groups of dentists. “The group has broken down into two. The first group will be working one week, and then a second group will take over. We will be as far south as Placencia (Stann Creek District), as far north as Corozal and as far inland to the Valley of Peace area in the Cayo District,” explained Dr Whipps.
On Ambergris Caye, a two-week clinic has been installed at the San Pedro Lions Den, where a group of dentists and other medical volunteers will be offering dentistry services to the community. “We will be doing fillings, extractions, complete and partial dentures. A dermatologist will be working at the Polyclinic (Dr Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II),” said Dr Whipps.
According to Whipps, the Belize Mission Project has been driven by volunteers who have a love for the country and the people of Belize and have decided to donate their money, time and effort to help the less fortunate. “These are only volunteers. We have volunteers who have been coming as part of this project for over 18 years beside me. They all pay for themselves to come and while it costs us to venture into this endeavor, we do it out of love.”
The physicians in different fields are at the Polyclinic while the dentists have a dental clinic running at the San Pedro Lions Den. The services are free of cost and are opened to members of the public during regular working hours.
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