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imagesThirty year old Audibaldo Monima Junior, former coastguard officer is now the new Regional Health Manager for the northern region. As we told you last night Monima’s appointment is already raising eyebrows and a whole lot of questions and that’s because he apparently is not qualified for the post since he has no background or experience in the health sector. While the terms of reference for the position calls for a master’s degree in public health administration; health systems management or equivalent and a minimum work experience of five years in public health administration, finance and human resource management, Monima only holds an associate’s degree in business administration from the Corozal Junior College and a certificate from the Mexican Navy.

So why was he awarded the top post? Well, for one we understand that his contract was approved by Minister of Health Pablo Marin one month ago. Two….and this is according to the CEO in the Ministry of Health Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Monima has a masters in Naval Command and he is on contract and trail basis. The contract will allow for evaluation of performance over the next six months.

According to Figueroa, the Ministry of Health recommended Monima to the Public Service who reviewed his application and together with the Ministry of Finance approved the contract. According to Figueroa, one of Monima’s strengths lies in management.

As for Monima’s wife who is said to have been hired as primary care coordinator for the northern region the same time he was hired as the Northern Regional Health Manager that is yet to be confirmed.

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