SP Lions Inter-Community Hospital to be completed

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 28            July 24, 2003

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At Sunday's general meeting of San Pedro Lions Club, members agreed to bring the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health "on board," in order to complete the San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Hospital. This discussion followed a meeting of the SP Lions Board of Directors and Ministry of Health Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry Anderson last Saturday.

     At the meeting between CEO Anderson and the SP Lions directors, it was stated that the Caribbean Development Bank had allotted funds to be used for hospitals in Belize. The Ministry then established San Pedro and Belize City as the two priority areas to be budgeted for these finances. The CEO suggested to the Lions that, instead of the government attempting to build another facility on the island, it may be in the best interest of everyone, if the two efforts were combined for the good of all, in order to make the hospital a reality much sooner than was expected.

    Lions members discussed this and several other issues regarding the hospital during their general meeting held on Sunday. Following the Lions affirmative vote, it was announced that plans are for the hospital to be completed by April of next year. According to SP Lions President Milo Paz Jr., a Memorandum of Understanding will need to be written which will include that the name "Lions" remain in the hospital's name. It will also insure continued involvement of Lions in the hospital, as well as a Lions majority vote on the hospital Board of Directors.

    To facilitate this plan, government engineers and representatives of the Caribbean Development Bank are scheduled to visit San Pedro this week. Following an inspection of the hospital site, additional discussions between all interested parties are planned. The San Pedro Lions Club assures the community that they will keep them abreast of any further developments.

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