With the rainy season in Belize comes the threat of Diseases such as Malaria and Dengue. These diseases are carried by mosquitoes that breed in areas such as containers which catch stagnant water, allowing these vectors to breed and spread these deadly diseases. And now with the recent announcement of the presence of Chikungunya in the region the Ministry of Health is getting some much needed boost to its vector control program.
Today the Ministry of Health hosted a presentation in Belmopan of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 X 4 Pick-up trucks they received as part of a Grant from the European Union to upgrade the Ministry’s Vector Control Unit. On hand was Minister, CEO Allen and Dr. Gerardo De Cosio, PAHO/WHO Representative for Belize. The Project, which was signed on December 17th, 2013 between the European Union and the Pan American Health, also includes training for the management and maintenance of the vehicles at a total cost of just over 2.2 million Belize dollars. The vehicles themselves have a total value of BZ$720,000. According to Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit, Mr. Kim Bautista, the unit currently faces limited mobility so the new vehicles will be used for interventions, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country.