Well is looks like the "battle" was won but the war not so. I understand that a decision has been made to close SPAH due to the Vet not being able to get permission from BAHA to import drugs needed to operate the practice. Probably will close the first of next year unless something changes.
Dr. Laurie is licensed by the authorities in the USA to export drugs however she must have a permit from BAHA to import them. If she gets caught importing without this permit she could lose her USA license which is not an option. Trying to get local supplies is a nightmare and at times they have come through unlabeled which she rightfully refuses to give to animals under her care, not knowing for sure just what the drugs are. The Belize authorizes refuse to give her a permit so in effect she can not run the hospital without proper drugs. This has been a problem for a while and she has paid fees and attempted to obtain the needed permit but the answer is no and I don't believe they have offered a reason for this. We where hoping this would be resolved with the license issue. Not so.
I hope this issue gets resolved but it is not looking good at the moment. I love Belize but this is an example of a problem which should have a solution but doesn't seem to. I believe this goes on often with problems which solutions would make Belize a better place. If they would lay out a thought out policy or give a good reason for these types of positions at least it wouldn't be such a slap in the face to the public who need these services and goods.