Another important piece of equipment the KHMH needs is an X-Ray machine. It currently has one working portable machine and Chair of the Authority Chandra Nisbet Cansino told us they are working hard to get another.
Chandra Nisbet Cansino – Chair of the Authority:
I believe there are two portable X-ray units. That was the last thing that we were told.
What I know is that there is a procedure when the portable X-ray unit is taken into the Neonatal Intensive Care. There’s a procedure for cleaning that unit, before it is used on the babies.So there ia a protocol in place for that. What I can also tell you is that that has been identified as a potential source of infection, not necessarily this one, but in future cases. That is one of the pieces of equipment that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health have committed to purchasing, solely for the Neonatal Intensive care Unit. That was specifically a piece of equipment that was brought up, that will be purchased specifically for the Unit, because they do X-rays frequently in that area as well.
CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, told us the issue is symptomatic of a deeper problem with Belizean hospitals.
Dr. Peter Allen – CEO in the Ministry of Health:
I gather that one is a rental machine, and the other one is a new machine, which for some technical reason isn’t actually working yet. I was just having the conversation with the Chair, and the Director of Medical Services, that really within the hospital, within the national referral hospital, we have to try to find ways to find the additional money to create really what we would call redundancy. So that if we need two portable X-ray machines, we should have three, with the third one available just in case something happens. The same applies to other vital pieces of equipment.