The National Health Insurance Project was piloted in 2001 and legally established in 2003 by the Peoples United Party following the first pilot project in the Southside of Belize City. Under the scheme, Government subsidizes health care for registered patients at both private and public medical facilities. And tonight we have some good news for the residents of the northern part of the country as the Corozal District now joins the Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts in this program.
The announcement was made today by the Ministry of Health. According to the Ministry the Corozal Polyclinic II and Patchakan Presbyterian Clinic will be offering similar services as other NHI clinics across the country. These services includes clinical management for persons with Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma and acute respiratory infections; pre-natal and post-natal care, including lab tests for pregnant women; early detection of HIV and Tuberculosis and detection and referrals for some types of Cancers; eye care services; immunization clinics; nutrition programs and minor surgery procedures.
The Corozal Polyclinic II was built within the compound of the Corozal Community Hospital and includes a reception booth, waiting area, nurse’s triage, two observation rooms and a dressing room. The present structure was constructed at an approximate cost of BZ$30,000, and further expansion is expected over the next twelve months to include more rooms to accommodate all the services.
Approximately 16,000 residents from Corozal Town, Patchakan and its ten outreach communities are expected to benefit from this expansion project. The Government of Belize is contributing approximately BZ$1.5 Million for the first year of coverage for services in the north.
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