CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, confirmed today the resignation of Belize’s new regional Health Manager…former Coast Guard Audibaldo Monima, after having held the post for just over one month. According to Figueroa, the ministry made the decision after a full review of Monima’s qualifications where it was agreed that he does not meet the requirements for the job.
Information is that Monima chose to resign after being confronted with an option to be terminated or to leave voluntarily. This came after the mounting public outcry following his controversial appointment that raised indignation from several senior officials within the public health sector, who believed he was not qualified for the post.
The contention of Monima’s appointment came after senior officials within the Ministry of Health , who were reviewing Monima’s file to determine his capability, felt that the former coast guard with an associate’s degree in Business from the Corozal Junior College and a certificate from the Mexican Navy did not fit the criteria to hold the high ranking post which calls for a Master’s Degree in Public health administration, Health systems management and a minimum of five years’ experience in health administration, finance and human resource management, neither of which Monima possessed.
Indication was that the contention was attributed also to the fact that Minister of health Pablo Marin made the decision to appoint Monima to the high ranking position without the input or knowledge of senior officials within the Ministry of Health.
Monima’s appointment also saw a small protest in front of the Northern Regional Hospital, where activist Patrick Menziez rejected the political appointment and yesterday, the People’s United Party, via its Northern Caucus, issued a release demanding that Minister of Health Pablo Marin or more specifically his deputy Angel Campos terminate Monima’s employment.
According to CEO Figueroa,Monima has resigned but under the terms of his contract, he has to be given three months’ notice, so the Ministry can now either choose to send him home and pay him for those three months, or keep him around for three months. The post will now be advertised for qualified persons.
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