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Following up on last summer's efforts towards a conference on providing real 24 hour emergency care in san pedro (I made it down but it wasn't "en vogue" then.. but I had a great time with my family including my 6 month old who loves Belize)... we remain dedicated to continuting to improving the standard of emergency care in San Pedro.

From November 3-10, I, Dr. John Giilis and my colleague and founder of Bandage, Advaned Care Paramedic Darryl Chickness will be in San Pedro. This marks our 11th medical teaching trip in Belize.

We will be running a course on basic first aid/cpr and if there is interest an advanced course during our time in San Pedro.

We welcome your thoughts and interest in particpating in these courses and in making something real happen that makes a difference for locals and tourists on a go forward basis.

As we all know, interest peaks when something bad happens and fades afterwards.. the courage is in preparation and in actually changing what goes on. The efforts many in the area have made are amazing and we hope we can continue to work together toward a common goal.


Doc John

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Everything you are doing is appreciated here on the island. Despite the appearance of nothing happening, behind the scenes there have actually been a number of conferences with the ministry of health - although the outcome is less than desirable at this time and will most likely be in the near future too, steps and plans are being made to make the ER 24/7 a reality on the caye.

In the meantime continued courses such as the ones that bandage international are conducting could indeed factor greatly in the difference between life and death in many daily medical emergencies.

Yes, it is disheartening to watch progress move so slowly, but forward motion is actually occurring.

Looking forward to seeing Doc John and Darryl next month. Thank you so much for your continued dedication to our island and the country of Belize.

Joined: Mar 2009
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We all happy tho have you back on the Isla Bonita.
There is always much to learn from guys with so much practice.

Thanks for the time you spending for us. We looking forward to get taught.

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I'll see you all at the Red Cross Headquarters the weekend before! Welcome back.

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Bandage International is a Canadian medical charity that is offering a
first aid and CPR course tomorrow and Wednesday at the Sandbar in
partnership with the Belize Red Cross. This course will cover a
variety of emergency situations such as: heart attack, stroke, burns,
heat related emergencies, diabetes, seizures etc. For more
information or to register email Darryl Chickness at
[email protected] or call 629-7200. The course runs tomorrow and
Wednesday from 9am to 4pm. The course is $20 Bz which is actually a
donation to the Belize Red Cross.

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