Saturday, July 20, 2024

Health

CARPHA Calls on Member States to Take Action to Reduce the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases

Mosquito borne diseases continue to pose a serious public health threat to the Caribbean Region. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has increased reports of Dengue outbreaks with hospitalisations and deaths in some instances, and recently confirmed cases of Zika, and Chikungunya at its Medical Microbiology Laboratory.

Blood Donors Lining Up Early and Showing Beyond Closing Hour

It was a sight to behold! Island Donors Squad (IDS) is more than thrilled with the success of the World Donor Day Blood Drive Challenge on June 29th at Ambergris Hope Hospital in San Pedro. Twenty-seven units of blood were collected. Two teams faced off: “Parishioners vs Public” for a chance to win 20 seats on a sunset cruise with Seaduced by Belize.

Ambergris Caye residents can now register for the National Health Insurance Program

As announced in March of this year, Belize’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Program will start rolling out in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. The NHI program allows registered members to obtain medical services from select healthcare providers for a fraction of the regular price or for free in some instances. While the details are finalized, residents in San Pedro can start registering at the San Carlos Medical Center in the downtown area on Pescador Drive. They must provide a valid social security number, proof of address, the number of family members living at the same residence, and a contact telephone number.

Dengue cases on the rise; Belize District reports low numbers

The rainy season brings much-needed precipitation following an extended drought, resulting in a spike in mosquitoes. These blood-thirsty insects can carry a host of diseases, one being the dangerous Dengue Fever. While cases on the Cayes and the Belize District are reportedly low, the latest report from the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) reports over 800 Dengue cases countrywide.

Get Your Head In The Game!

Whether you’re a Belizean, an expat, or a vacationer, there are a few easy options for you to play a part in strengthening blood collection in the country of Belize. Starting with blood donation! We have 5 patients requesting 23 pints. Island Donors Squad (IDS) is ramping up in a huge way for its next Blood Drive at Ambergris Hope Hospital on June 29th in San Pedro. From 8:30am - 2:00pm.

Belize Observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

As the world observes the 2024 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (World Drug Day), the National Drug Abuse Control Council, under the Ministry of Health and Wellness, underscores the critical importance of investing in prevention. This year’s theme, "The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention," calls for action rooted in science, research, and respect for human rights to achieve a Belize free of substance misuse.

San Pedro Community Blood Drive yields 18 pints

The San Pedro Community, in a united effort, held its second blood drive on Saturday, June 15th, at the Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) facilities. This collective effort, which saw a significant turnout, resulted in 18 pints of blood collection. This blood, a lifeline for many, was then transported to the blood bank in Belize City, where it is now available to the island community and the country, potentially saving numerous lives.

SPTC partners with local Health Inspector to prepare for mosquito season

Ambergris Caye becomes more prone to mosquito infestation and activity as the rainy season approaches from June through November. Mosquitoes are particularly troublesome during heavy rains, sunrise, and sunset, so the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is proactively tackling this issue. They plan to use a fogging strategy with a service machine to eliminate mosquito larvae, ensuring the community's safety and comfort during this season.

Island Donors Squad works to improve the country’s emergency blood supply

Island Donors Squad (IDS) is collaborating with Adrian Martinez of the Belize National Blood Transfusion Services (BNTBS) to increase the island's blood reserves through blood drives. Currently facing a blood shortage, IDS is working to meet the needs of seven people, which requires thirty-three pints of blood. IDS has decided to maintain a reserve of five pints above the limit to reduce the necessity for emergency drives. After reaching this threshold, the squad will plan for an emergency drive to ensure an adequate blood supply, thereby minimizing the risk of shortages and the need for individuals to wait in line for blood. This new approach will help IDS maintain a steady supply.

Health and Nutrition Fair held at San Pedro High School

On Thursday, May 16th, a Health Nutrition Fair was held at the Angel Nunez Auditorium from 9AM through 1PM. Students learned and interacted in booths about healthy habits, food nutrition, and physical activities. The fair was a collaborative effort spearheaded by Robyn Daly Faber from the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the San Pedro High School (SPHS). This joint initiative underscores a shared commitment to promoting health and nutrition among our students.

Mobile Health Clinic serves residents in northern Ambergris Caye

To promote healthy lifestyles on the island, Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez, the San Pedro Town Council, and partners organized a Mobile Health Clinic on Saturday, May 4th, in northern Ambergris Caye. Held ten miles north of San Pedro Town, residents in the area received information on leading a healthy lifestyle, wellness screenings and evaluations, and free consultations with medical specialists.