A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was today signed between the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) as a part of the scaling up of the national response to COVID-19.

The MOU specifically seeks to enhance and support the diagnostic capacity of the Central Medical Laboratory in terms of delivering PCR testing and more efficient results for SARS-CoV2.

Both parties have agreed to an open communication platform and for BAHA personnel to be trained in PCR testing per MOHW’s existing protocols. Additionally, the parties agreed to establish a joint work program in support of PCR testing at both facilities and to further enhance cross-sectional learning experiences for both entities.