Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Press Release Ministry of Health receives vehicles from the EU

Ministry of Health receives vehicles for Vector Control Unit through a grant from the EU - Today the Ministry of Health hosted a presentation to the media of eleven (11) Toyota Hilux 4 x 4 pick-up trucks at Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd. compound in Belmopan. This comes as part of a Contribution Agreement from the European Union to improve and upgrade the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health.
The transportation vehicles will be used to assist the health workers of the program in intervention, surveillance, treatment and compliance of vector control efforts in both the urban and rural communities across the country. The vehicles have a total value of $720,000 BCY.
Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit, Mr. Kim Bautista shared that the vehicles will be a great addition due to the limited mobility that they now face. The vehicles will also help to carry out the timely interventions, including the control of mosquitoes which directly spread vector control diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, and Chikungunya. Dr. Gerardo de Cosio, PAHO/WHO representative for Belize mentioned that they are indeed glad to once again partner with the Ministry of Health towards the goal of a healthier community.
"The Strengthening of the Prevention and control of Dengue and Malaria in Belize" Project was signed on December 17th, 2013 between the European Union and the Pan American Health Organization with the Ministry of Health as the implementing partner. The project also includes for the management and maintenance of vehicles at a total cost of $2,280,345.77 BCY.

Kate Sealy named as Belize's flag bearer for the XX Commonweakth Games

At an executive meeting held by the National Olympics on Saturday July 12th in Belize City, heptathlete Katy Sealy was selected as the flag bearer for Belize at the XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies. 

Katy was named Belize's flag Bearer following an assessment of her commitment  to he sporting discipline. As a dedicated athlete who was grown tremendously over the past few years and has invested significant time to improve her performance, Katy's representation  of Belize at an international level has been stellar. 

The Belize Social Network would like to wish all the athletes and officials of teams Belize success in the XX on the Commonwealth Games and a safe Journey. 

Doctor Jaime Awe announced that he has Relinquish as the Director of the National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH) Institute of Archaeology (IA)

Doctor Jaime Awe an Archaeological made a public announcement that he has reliquish as representor of the Director of the National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH) Institute of Archaeology (IA). The unexpected announcement came during the 12th Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium held on Tuesday, July 1st to Friday, July 4th. At this time their are no officials reports of Awe's replacement. But he is coming back to his originated in research and teaching.

Effectively on Thursday, July 31st, he will take his resignation, A statement made on July 1st stated that as an Archaeologist he will remain engaged in Belize’s archaeological studies. President of NICH, Diane Haylock expressed her surprise at Dr. Awe’s decision but is nevertheless grateful for his contributions to the archaeological field.

Doctor Jaime Awe  expresses his personal opinion  “I thank everyone for the support and assistance offered to me during my time as Director of the IA and the additional work I have done, without you, my success would not be possible. To the Belizean community, I urge you to be more involved in the preservation and conservation of the country’s archaeological assets, for it is important to safeguard them for future generation to come My decision to resign had nothing to do with any personal issues, professional issues or political issues, none whatsoever and, you know I’ve enjoyed working thoroughly with Minister Heredia as I did with Mark Espat.  I want to assure everybody that I am not leaving Belize archaeology.  I will continue to work in archaeology in Belize.