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Screen_Shot_2014-04-07_at_8.40.39_PMToday is being observed as World Health Day and municipalities across Belize are being sensitized on the main theme, “Vector Borne Diseases”. A release from the Ministry of Health states that half of the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme diseases and yellow fever carried by mosquitos, ticks and flies. In addition, these diseases affect the poorest populations particularly where there is a lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation. Today, to coincide with World Health Day, residents of San Lazaro inaugurated their newly renovated Health Outpost where testing and medical checks were being carried out.

Isidora Flota– Community Health Worker

“Estamos con el programa de médicos en general y están los dentistas y se está haciendo popsmear pero actualmente cada mes hacemos prenatal, mobile clinic para niños y todo eso hacemos y siempre se hace popsmear. Lo remodelaron otra vez poro este programa siempre ha sido desde anos que siempre estamos aquí con el de prenatal y de los niños y todo ese inmunización y cada mes tenemos popsmear cuando hay tiempo lo hacemos con las enfermeras.”

The Ignacia Health Post was remodeled and equipped with a few rooms to screen patients and doctors to carry out pap smears. While the workers noted that more is needed to fully equip the facility, they are grateful for being able to access health care in their village. Community Health Worker, Isabella Sanchez, says the project was made possible by the cane farmers through funds from Fairtrade.

Isabella Sanchez – Community Health Worker

“Los caneros tienen un dinero que les dan y ellos decidieron invertirlo en la clínica y con la ayuda del muchacho de Abel Narvales él estuvo dando vueltas para ello y aquí estamos y lo logramos. Tenemos un cuarto especialmente para las mujeres que vienen hacer su popsmear, vienen hacer de las embarazadas y eso lo que es un cuarto para ellas.  Si, si, es grande, es una Buena necesidad tan grande que teníamos hasta que lo logramos pero ahorita lo que necesitamos es un A/C para el cuarto de las enfermeras porque es muy caliente, demasiada calor y en eso está muchas cosas más pero más adelante lo vamos a conseguir.”

The Health post opens the third Friday of every month.  The theme for World health day is Vector Borne Diseases and carries the slogan: “Small Bites, Big Threat”.

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