At the top of the newscast we told you about the By-National Agreement which was signed between Belize and Mexico, but what we did not tell you is that on the same day the agreement was signed residents of Corozal Town participated in a health fair also held at the Corozal Community Hospital. Hipolito Novelo has the story.

Hipolito Novelo-Reporting

The Corozal Community Hospital this Sunday saw a flourish of community members as they partook in the “theory and practice” health fair. The event, organized by the hospital, sought to provide basic health information as well as to offer free medical attention to those in need.

Screen_shot_2012-04-16_at_8.13.10_PMDuring the fair both non-governmental and governmental organizations informed the general public on issues such as sexual reproduction, common diseases and drugs.

Educating youths on sexual and reproductive health was a group called Gojoven.

Nekeisha Lima, GoJoven

“Go Joven is an NGO program, a new NGO program here in Belize that deals with youth leadership in sexual reproductive health.”

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

“Talk to us about the booth itself.”

Nekeisha Lima, GoJoven

“We have our booth here in our health fair in Corozal to promote Go Joven here in Belize, to invite other youths to join us in participating in this program.”

Osvaldo Cantun, GoJoven

“What makes Go Joven unique is that it is a youth friendly program, it involves youths in a manner that through interactions, through activities and Go Joven is that way, you know, youth learn in a way involving activities and that is exactly what go joven is based on.”


While GoJoven touched base on sexual reproductive health, the aim of the National Aids Commission Committee was to edify the public on two other important topics, AIDS and AIDS discrimination.

Nayelie Moreno, NDACC

“NDACC stands for the National Drug Abuse Control Council, presently we have six offices working country wide one in every district and what you can basically find in our offices are drug educators and outreach case workers.”

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

“What would be some of the objectives of NDACC?”

Nayelie Moreno, NDACC

“To prevent drug abuse, we try to working along with students with the different schools as much as we can and reducing the demand of drugs and working with the districts with people that already addicted to any other substance and we have been working fairly well.”

Similar to other informational booths, the National Drug Abuse Control Council, NDACC, the Community Health Workers and the Public Health Sector also had important messages for the public. 

Teresita Lima, Community Health Workers

The prevention of the different disease that we have right now like the breast cancer, how to self examine yourself and we have the breast that shows more or less what, and then we also talk about the bone and artery when it is dead and then we talk about diabetes and HIV in the different villages.”

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

“How has the community of Corozal has been responding to your information?’

Teresita Lima, Community Health Workers

“Well, so far good because we have some pamphlets that we give out and we give session and we go from house to house and visit the people in their houses and we talk about the diseases so the information go through.”

The second half of the fair saw the participation of hundreds of Corozalenos who took advantage of the free checkups, surgeries and general medical needs that were provided.

A team of 32 volunteers from the “Hands and Hearts for Christ” Missionary Group provided patients with free surgeries.

Paul Long, Hands and Hearts for Christ

“What we are doing on this section is that after the patients all get checked in by the staff we are seeing them, the general surgeon is seeing them  and if they need surgery we are scheduling them for surgery for the week and also here we have an internist and a family doctor so those patience that don’t need to be seeing for surgery were seeing the internist of the family doctor and getting prescription if they only need that of if they need to get scheduled to come and see them later in the week or something.”

Hipolito-Novelo-Reporter

“What are some types of surgeries that you are talking about?”

Paul Long, Hands and Hearts for Christ

“The surgeries of the general surgeon mostly what he sees is gallbladders, hernias and then she like to do a little of bumps and lumps something that the people need to taken off.”

Hipolito-Novelo-Reporter

“So far for today how many people you have catered to?”

Paul Long, Hands and Hearts for Christ

“Probably today so far we have seen nearly hundred people and most common request is robably too is bladders and hernias.”

Screen_shot_2012-04-16_at_8.13.27_PMFor those who were seeking assistance for common diseases such as the flu and cough, Medical Officer Angel Campos was also at hand.

Angel Campos, Medical Officer

“Well right now it is an outpatient department where we see all common diseases especially fever, flues, common cold, generalize pain, most people come for that”

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

“And these are consultations sessions or something that you will able to give them?”

Angel Campos, Medical Officer

“Consultation session but then if we  need to do follow up like how they are coming here at the Corozal hospital they can comeback if we need to do an ultrasound, they go do the ultrasound and they can come back and then w follow up their diseases.”

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

“And of course you prescribe medicine for them.”

Angel Campos, Medical Officer

“Yes, we prescribe medicine most of them for I ask them if they can buy medicine and most of them say no so what we do we try to give the medication that we have here at the hospital and I have seen roughly about 29 people.”

Free dental services were also provided. The Hands and Hearts for Christ Missionary group is currently stationed at the Orange Walk Northern Regional Hospital offering their services free of cost.

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