Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Belize Refuses Donation of Testing Kits from Republic of Korea #541566
04/09/20 04:55 AM
04/09/20 04:55 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 71,977
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
There is a most worrisome report coming out of the region tonight. Heads of Government of SICA met in March and adopted a Regional Contingency Plan to combat the novel coronavirus. A release from SICA says that the region is benefitting from one hundred and eighty thousand testing kits from the Republic of Korea, which is one of the region’s strategic partner.

But according to the release, all SICA countries accepted the donation with the exception of Belize, yes, Belize. The kits are described as being ninety-nine percent accurate and compatible with those used in Central America. We tried to reach the Ministry of Health for explanation, but no one was available at this time.

But we note that on Tuesday, Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero said that fifteen thousand kits were ordered and three thousand were on the way. Today, however, he said that Belize is running low on the viral swabs.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Just like in the region we are running low in the viral swabs which are the specific lab equipment that you use to be able to take a viral swab. We are trying to outsource that. We thought that we could have gotten a batch next week. We are working with the PAHO regional office but all countries are having difficulty in terms of accessing those viral swabs.”

Channel 5

Re: Belize Refuses Donation of Testing Kits from Republic of Korea [Re: Marty] #541592
04/10/20 05:31 AM
04/10/20 05:31 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 71,977
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Why The So. Korea Tests Wouldn't Work

But, it's not quite that simple as the Director of Health Services explained today on "Ask The Experts".

Manzanero explained that the type of PCR testing units that Belize has - which were provided by PAHO - are simply not compatible with what was on offer:

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services

“We had said to the lab can you review this specifications, is this something we're going to be able to work with and they had 3 basic concerns which is general compatibility of reagent components with primers and probes and I'm reading textually what is written, whether they are compatible with the enzyme that they were using, whether the tests have been validated in the region, they said basically advice from the international forums of web discussions, so that you are able to establish performance characteristics based on our population and the 3rd concern because again, I had mention the issue of training, if any training of specialised knowledge was needed for perpetration of master mixes, is that going to be provided since the labs that they have no knowledge of this testing kit that was being given. Those are little foot notes that I think made us indicate to the respective ministry that was in communication with CABAY that what we were looking for is and we said the specific platform, this is what we're using, this is where our staff has been trained because you understand that accepting test kits, you have to find out if you have the equipment, you have the testing capability, whether those have been validated, whether we need any specific abrasion measures for the machine that is going to be used and even if we procure any machines, the maintenance capability in country. The analogy perhaps it may look good, but it doesn't necessarily mean it works and this is like a marriage, sometimes marriages look good but it's not always compatible, that's I think perhaps the best explanation I can give you. Again, recall that the kits that initially came to us were from PAHO, we never said no."”

Channel 7

Belize is conducting COVID-19 testing at world standards according to Dr. Clive Landis, Chairman of UWI Regional COVID-19 Task Force. Dr. Landis made an appearance on Channel 5’s Open Your Eyes morning show yesterday to discuss the Caribbean’s response to COVID-19 and this is what he had to say about testing in Belize and the region.

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 203 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online4,377
Dec 15th, 2020 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1