Medical services in Belize tend to be very costly and half the time low income families can’t even afford to receive medical treatment at private clinics much less pay for a surgery.
Luckily from time to time Belizeans benefit from free medical services offered by medical missions who come from abroad. In the line-up is the New Horizon Medical Mission who arrived in Belize last week and since then the first team has been offering free surgeries at the Corozal Community Hospital. According to leader of the group, Pastor John Kirby, so far surgery has been performed on 300 persons.
Leader Pastor John Kirby
“The outcome was really great, there were lots and lots of patients coming, we saw over a hundred and twenty patients that were considered for surgery out of the Corozal hospital and we also saw a hundred and seventy patients in the Orange Walk Hospital, they heard the news that we were doing surgeries, from those three hundred people that we saw we were going to do at least seven different surgeries and they will be from everything from people who have issues from their hands not moving right, doing repetitive motions to trigger fingers to scar revisions and we also going to be doing like major neck masses that were taking off in surgery and so doing a lot of things for people not to get so sick repetitively and be healed up.”
The New Horizon Medical Mission will now be extending its services to the Northern Regional Hospital included in the services will be endoscopy procedure which will be provided free of cost.
Team Leader Pastor John Kirby
“We want to look forward also to next Friday, people who aren’t getting surgery this week they can come on Friday at the Corozal Hospital or at the Orange Walk hospital and we would love to have many patients next week for; they can come for scar revisions, automobile accidents, cleft palates, problems with breading and synopsis, and we also doing tinsels and air tubes, we also doing endoscopy, we have patients who have a lot of stomach issues and they are going to go up or lower endoscopy procedures, the important thing is that these are all free surgeries and we are bringing some of our best doctors from the United States, people who are really well respected so they can know that they are going to get some really good, the best quality care anywhere and we are glad we are here this year and we hope to come next year but we never know what can happen so this is the day that you need to come, you need to come Friday because you need to take care of your health right away don’t put it off until next year or next month.”
While a team is dedicated to offering medical attention to the needy there is another group who is assisting in the construction of a house in the Village of Louisville and a chapel at the Corozal Community Hospital.
Team Leader john Kirby
“We actually have 63 team members here this week and they are going to be doing everything from surgery; we have nineteen people doing surgery, we have thirty people who are going from village to village doing well check, we will see a couple hundred people each day in four different villages this week and we also have ten people who are doing construction of a home in Louisville and they are going to start working on a Chapel here in the grounds of the hospital here in Corozal.”
This is the Medical Mission’s last weekend in Belize.
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