Sunday, April 21, 2024

Letter to the Editor: And The Times They Really Are a Changin’ !- For Caye Caulker too. But are they?


Letters-to-the-EditorBesides the Beauty of God’s Creation of Mother Nature, I’ve always seen the beautiful children of Belize as the greatest blessing of my beloved country of adoption.
That’s why it is really hard to understand for me that we are not always looking after the needs of our children {and mothers} because they are, after all, the future of our country.
The more it changes the more it stays the same.
How many babies have to die before we can provide a responsible emergency service for pregnant mothers in Caye Caulker? Responsibility is the ability to respond. And again we do not have that situation here on the island.
I wish the authorities in charge would understand the terrible pain one suffers when you have to bury one of your children. It often destroys lives because it always stays with you. It certainly destroys most marriages of people who go through this.
The excuse is our island circumstances, no helicopter, bad weather, no boat /captain available.
When our baby died it was New Year’s Day, the doctor was drunk and could not respond, the person who was responsible for the helicopter said she was not sick enough to qualify for transport, when I got hold of the helicopter people myself, they had problems to find a sober pilot so when they showed up 5 hours later it was too late.
When we showed up two days later at the Karl Heusner with our oldest son, the Chief Pediatrician told us that it was the right thing to come to the hospital two hours after the first symptoms. Which parent runs to the hospital after two hours when your child has a fever? But it was up to that time an unseen serious infection caught from the sea. They used 21 bags of IV liquid in the 36 hours he spent at the hospital. Which is more than extreme? But he survived! Thanks to God and Dr.Rosado and his nurses.
Having gone through all this, I do not wish this happening to anybody so when the new elected Village council Chairman expressed that not the Village Council and its Chairman alone could solve the problems of Caye Caulker, I asked myself what can I do for my community.
Having a working relationship with our only qualified midwife Ms.Juana Cowo who assisted us with the birth of our last baby Raphael 7 years ago I started to see the advantages to have a clinic for women and children here on Caye Caulker.
For over a year now I have been working with the idea to transform Cocoplum into a clinic with our local midwife Ms.Juana and a connection from abroad to provide an experienced doctor and the necessary equipment like a set of incubators etc. A couple of years ago, a twin set of premature babies died because of the unavailability of an incubator on the island.
But like everything these days to get a project off the ground without funding is not easy and not being part of an organization was another reason why we could not receive an offer from a foreign embassy who were having the possibility to donate 2 incubators.
At the present moment my prayers for a solution have not been heard yet but we are still working on the project!
If there is anybody who can assist us in any away to further the creation of this project to provide a clinic for women and children in Caye Caulker please contact us at Cocoplum Gardens ,Caye Caulker # 226-0226. Or email [email protected], or Skype# chriss.roggema.
Thank You!

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