Saturday, May 25, 2024

Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital

Caye Caulker asks central government for more assistance in medical emergencies

In November 2022, Caye Caulker inaugurated a new polyclinic to improve medical services on La Isla Cariñosa. This infrastructure was more than welcomed but did not solve the Hicaqueños problems with medical emergencies. On Sunday, November 5th, Chairlady Seleny Villanueva-Pott reported that her team struggled to help transport patients to Belize City via private boats. As such, they hope the central government will assist the village council with additional resources to cope with the challenges related to such medical emergencies.

Government of Belize Removes Fees in Public Hospitals, Promoting Universal Healthcare Access

The Government of Belize has approved the removal of all fees charged in public hospitals, a pivotal decision aimed at ensuring universal access to quality healthcare. This move eliminates financial barriers and enhances healthcare accessibility for all citizens, particularly low-income families.

San Pedrito shooting victims need help to cover medical expenses

The deadly mass shooting in the San Pedrito subdivision in the early hours of Monday, October 23rd, left three dead, including a three-year-old baby girl. Four bystanders were injured: Jose Hernandez, 31, Leonel Cornejo, 27, Ivan Guerra, 22, and Randy Guerra, 19. They are recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. This essential medical care comes at an expense, and in the case of the Guerras, their relatives have held fundraisers and are asking the public for help.

Police looking for a person of interest in Ambergris Caye triple murder that included a 3-year-old baby girl

Major crimes in San Pedro, Ambergris, such as murders, have decreased over the last few years, but in the very early hours of Monday, October 23rd, all that changed when two adults and a 3-year-old baby girl were shot and killed in the San Pedrito subdivision. Police identified the deceased as Delmar Rodriguez, 25, and a second adult, Carlos Chi. The baby girl was Rodriguez’s daughter, Amari Rodriguez. Four bystanders were also caught in the hail of gunshots and airlifted to Belize City for further medical attention. Three of them remain in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. As police investigations continue, they have one person of interest they are currently looking for. Police speculate that the motive is related to drug gang activity on the island.

Government to Establish a New University Hospital for Belmopan

A significant priority in the Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) is to strengthen universal health coverage, which means that all Belizeans have access to the full range of quality health services they need. This should be accompanied by the fundamental strategy of “improving the quality of care,” which is one of the many underlying principles that made the Government of Belize consider the construction of another hospital in Belmopan. Apart from providing tertiary care services in a phased-in approach, it will also be the secondary care hospital, replacing the current structure of the Western Regional Hospital, which has deteriorated significantly.

U.S. Government Donates Generators and Medical Supplies to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital

U.S. Ambassador Michelle Kwan visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to observe hospital staff getting hands on instruction on recently U.S. donated oxygen generators. The three oxygen generators are valued at BZ $1,000,000 and funded through the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program, coordinated by the U.S. Embassy Security Cooperation Office.

Former San Pedro Cops to serve less than ten years for the death of Edwin Ixpatac

Three former San Pedro Police officers, Romelio Logan, 28, Reydel Teck, 27, and Jashimir Cobb, 27, were sent back to the Belize Central Prison to serve eight years and 11 months in jail for the death of islander Edwin Ixpatac in May 2016. The trio was informed of this decision following their sentence hearing on Wednesday, April 19, at the Belize City Supreme Court.

Marcial Westby continues to recover after stabbing incident; how you can help

The island community is joining forces to help fellow islander Marcial Westby with medical expenses after he was attacked on Saturday, November 19th, as he reportedly was heading home. Westby was stabbed and had to be airlifted to Belize City, where he remains in intensive care. A Go Fund Me page has been created where anyone able and willing can visit to help,