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Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15201
10/06/02 02:50 PM
10/06/02 02:50 PM
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San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Be...
silkpainter Offline OP
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A friend of mine is one of the Cuban doctors sent to Belize on a humanitarian aid mission. He is the only doctor for the men's prison. Its a discouraging job at best. He spends all day sewing up stab wounds, doing minor surgeries and trying to treat every ailment you could think of, from infections to killer diahreah. All of this, with little or no medicine. So, I went thru my medicine cabinet and gave him anything I could.
Here is a partial list of what he needs.
ANY antibiotics, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, even the ends of prescriptions, partial prescriptions, in the original prescription bottles so he can see the miligrams and dosage.
Over the counter drugs like: triple antibiotic creams, anti fungal creams, hydrocortisone creams
Anti-daihreah medicines like imodium or kaopectate
Gauze bandages
medical tape
ace bandages

Things that can only come from a doctor:

I'll try to find a drop off point in San Pedro, or the medicine could be put in a package with my name on it and left at your hotel front desk (if you're not too far north) and I'll get it picked up.

I know this is really off the normal tourism subject, but I hate to see someone work so hard trying to help, without the proper resources. I really dont want this thread to turn into a discussion of what the Belize government should or shouldnt do, because we all know that Hattieville is probably one of the worst prisons in Central America, and we all know what should be done, and it isnt being done. So, if you can help in any way, please contact me.
[email protected] (International) 011-501-206-0206 or from within Belize 206-0206.

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15202
10/06/02 06:34 PM
10/06/02 06:34 PM
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Posts: 209
Alabama, USA
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I have visited friends at road gang "work camps" in South Alabama and have viewed Hattieville from outside the fence. I can see Hattieville is "tuff", it is difficult to judge what is acceptable punishment in other cultures. If you come for an area with nothing and go to a prison where there is more than you had at home is it punishment??? Not judging just wondering out loud. Not coming to Belize until 12/31 may still be able to bring some medication/supplies for Cuban doctor. Keep in touch.
KB G frown

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15203
10/06/02 07:51 PM
10/06/02 07:51 PM
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San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
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Logically, it seems that if they have a Cuban doctor assigned to the prison in the first place, there is some intent of the authorities to provide health care to the prisoners.

The outlying rural clinics staffed with a Cuban doctor in other parts of Belize are about as poorly supplied through GOB medical authorities as it sounds like the prison is. In other words, it's a skill that's pretty much going to waste and one wonders why there can't be even basic supplies, never mind prescription drugs. I do feel sorry for the doctors stuck in this government to government arrangement to provide skilled medicine where the need exists and there is no tangible support for it. The only real solution to fill the void is people to people charity where the target needing help will never be able help itself.

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15204
10/06/02 08:39 PM
10/06/02 08:39 PM
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Posts: 734
Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye
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I think you will find that the prison management and possibly, the real estate, has been privatized.
Now they need to make $$.
From bad to worse?

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15205
10/06/02 09:35 PM
10/06/02 09:35 PM
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San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Be...
silkpainter Offline OP
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Although there are many issues involved with this situation, this is simply an appeal for donations. If you have extra medicines or supplies.... wonderful, if you don't, I understand. Please call or email me, the info is above.

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15206
10/06/02 11:52 PM
10/06/02 11:52 PM
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bedford tx usa
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I would rather give to the island and the people of Belize, than the Prison. Most of those there deserve what the get..... If you need supplies do it in the right way... Sorry for being so cold, but these people are the ones making Belize unsecured!!!!!
Thanks, Rick

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15207
10/07/02 04:11 PM
10/07/02 04:11 PM
Joined: Jun 2000
Posts: 1,157
San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Be...
silkpainter Offline OP
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Simply not responding to this message is sufficent if you dont want to donate. I still have hope that this thread will not turn into a political or moral debate. Regardless of who the people are that he is treating, any doctor that came to me asking for humanitarian help, I will help. Just like I helped the Saga Society in San Pedro and the Humane Society in Belize City, even though I dont like dogs and cats, but when there is suffering or need and I can help, I do. Nuff said!
Thanks again,

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15208
10/07/02 07:28 PM
10/07/02 07:28 PM
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Alabama, USA
KBG Offline
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Stay up on this board, there are many USA persons who will respond. As I said before Hattieville is nothing like anything in the US. I have seen this first hand and will respond keep it up.KBG shocked

Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15209
10/07/02 08:20 PM
10/07/02 08:20 PM
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Teenah Offline
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I'm coming to AC in late December. I'll rustle up some supplies from my medically related friends and will touch base again with you as the time gets closer.


Re: Hattieville Prison doctor needs help #15210
10/07/02 08:54 PM
10/07/02 08:54 PM
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Sandshaker Offline
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I have to disagree with you on this issue Rick.
Lee is not asking for donations for the prisoners. She is asking for donations for a doctor who is a friend of hers.
Regardless of where he practices or should we say...the place he gets stuck in this exchange program...he still needs the proper tools, equipment and supplies to work with.

Unfortunately Belize is not blessed with doctors who come from top notch medical schools or doctors who have a lot of years of experience under their belts doing critical care medicine.

The Cuban doctors that come here seem to do a fairly decent job and I for one would like to keep them here in case I need them one day.
If Belize continues to bring these doctors here and then never supports them with what they need, they will get discouraged and stop coming. What would be the point?

It's not about patching up prisoners. It's about appreciating decent health care when it comes knocking on your door. There is a bigger picture here than a prison doctor. Belize needs all the good doctors it can get!

Jim, I'm not sure what you mean about Hattieville being privatized. Tell me more. I'm definitely not sure how they could make money to support themselves. I'd like to know details about that arrangement.

Cheers! smile

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