The San Ignacio Hospital is now expected to function more effectively and here is why; On Wednesday, September 10th, an ambulance was handed over to the San Ignacio Hospital by the area representative Hon. Elvin Penner. Minster Penner told us more about the donation and the part he played in getting the ambulance to Belize.
Dr. Borland approached me a couple months ago where he had located an organization in the US that was willing to donate an ambulance but their willingness went as far as getting the ambulance getting, getting it equipped and shipping it to Belize and so, we had to take care of the importation duties, taxes, brokerage fees and so, the Government of Belize Cabinet was willing to give us a duty exemption on the ambulance. We realized there were a few more taxes that we still had to pay which I was able to come up with the funds to pay those fees and that pretty much brought the ambulance to Belize. It has been here for a few weeks; it was well cleaned, well equipped; unfortunately I didn’t find the time to organize the handing over ceremony before today but it couldn’t have happened at a better time than the 10th September when we are actually celebrating a holiday and some people are out here and therefore I am able to hand over the ambulance to the hospital which they very much need. I’m sure it will serve the community of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and surrounding villages very well.
Dr. Dennis Borland, member of the La Luma Luz Hospital, played a key role in the donation. Both he and Myra Pulido, Deputy Regional Manager for the San Ignacio Hospital, told us what a much needed contribution it was.
This ambulance has been something that the San Ignacio Hospital has needed for a long time. They needed to have their own ambulance because every time you hear people talking about not having access to an ambulance; so, working with the Seventh Day Adventist Health system in Florida, we were able to get them to donate an ambulance and the hardest part was getting it to Belize; so, with the help of Minister Elvin Penner we were able to get all the paper works done and get it into Belize and hand it over to the San Ignacio Hospital.
We already have one ambulance, and this is just a sister with the other ambulance that we have, for the wear and tear since it goes and comes. It has a lot of transfers for the month. This will surely come in handy for the assistance of transferring patients. So I am happy today, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. I thank Honourable Minister Penner and Doctor Dennis Borland for this kind contribution to the community.