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Join Hon. John Brice�o and Hon. Andre Perez on Wednesday, January 11th 2023 at the San Pedro Lions den for the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the construction of the San Pedro Hospital.

Be a part of the momentous occasion!
MOU Ceremony takes place at 11:00AM

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Residents of San Pedro Town gathered at the Lion's Den to witness the historic signing of a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Belize and Taiwan for the construction of the San Pedro General Hospital. The momentous occasion is another testament to 34 years of bilateral relations between the two countries and Taiwan's continued commitment to the betterment of Belize.



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Taiwan Gifts $33Mil To Belize For San Pedro General Hospital

Residents of San Pedro Town gathered at the Lion's Den today, January 11, 2023, to witness the historic signing of a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Belize and Taiwan for the construction of the San Pedro General Hospital. The $33Mil needed to construct the hospital will be a grant and not a loan from the Government of Taiwan. The momentous occasion is another testament to 34 years of bilateral relations between the two countries and Taiwan's continued commitment to the betterment of Belize.

"This is not a gift, but something that is owed to the people of San Pedro," commented Kennedy Carilllo, CEO to the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation. She reiterated what all the speakers at the event were in agreement, that San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, should have had its own hospital a long time ago as the premier tourist destination and one of the most populated areas in the country.

"There is a need for improved access to care beyond primary health care that we have been offering in San Pedro to one that can provide secondary health care services," stated Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belie. "Building a hospital for San Pedro, was a dream of Hon. Andre Perez, and his dream became a commitment by our government and was laid down as part of our Plan Belize Health Policy."



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State Of The Art Hospital Coming To San Pedro

San Pedro Town has been practically bursting to contain its growing population - coupled with the large influx of tourists it gets. And now, the buzzing town will finally be getting its own hospital.

Currently, there is only a polyclinic, and patients have had to be flown to the mainland to get adequate services. This shortfall has long been a concern for tourists who go to San Pedro as their destination. And that's why the government proposed to build a hospital, with funding being from the Taiwanese government.

Today on the island, the prime minister and the Minister of Health spoke more about this project as he signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

John Briceno, Prime Minister
"It certainly an exciting day, its actually historic, because the previous government was promising over and over, they were going to build a hospital. They even put it in the budget, I think 2 consecutive years and it was never done. We know that it is something that is needed. We're not doing the people a favor, it is something that is needed for the residents and also for the tourists that come to visit Belize. It was high on our priority list to try to get the funding. We managed to meet with the foreign minister of Taiwan, the President and certainly the ambassador and we spoke to them about the need and they decided that they are prepared to partner with us in making the funding available. So now that the funding is available, we sign the MOU. It is going to be done through the OECC, that's the same company that's working on the highway in Sarteneja to Corozal, so now its about going to the next step to finalizing the plans and then getting the work going. We hope that we can ground break in by March, so we need to fast-forward the work that we're doing."

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health
"As you know the current polyclinic provides certain services, but its limited. The population has overgrown itself and so there is need for us to look at what we can do for San Pedro. It's a long-awaited promise that was made many years to the residents of San Pedro. This government is making this a reality and not just an infrastructure being built, but we are also going to be putting forward as I mention in my message the necessary human resource allocations whenever this hospital is completed to ensure that we have adequate support staff, we have the necessary services; dental, NCH, and all the other major services that needs to be provided here to provide secondary care for our citizens here in San Pedro. The polyclinic will continue to operate to provide primary care services to the residents, but the hospital will then compensate in providing other emergency services that is so badly needed as opposed to having us refer most our patients to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. I can guarantee you it's going to be a facility that is not just a facility built, but a facility that will come along with its human resource that is needed and to equip with the necessary medications and all of these things. As we have said before, all our facilities there have been challenges across the country, but we have been looking at what was there and improving on what we want to see."

The PM estimates that following the groundbreaking, construction will take about two years to complete. The cost of this project is 33 million dollars.

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San Pedro Hospital Finally On Its Way

After years of asking, residents of Ambergris Caye are finally getting a state of the art hospital. The cost to construct the hospital will be thirty-three million dollars. But, this is not coming out of public funds, because the Government of Belize was able to secure the finance through a grant from the Republic of China, Taiwan. Today, residents gathered inside the San Pedro Lion's Den to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between G.O.B. and Taiwan for the construction of the health facility. Today is being hailed a historic day for the islanders. News Five's Paul Lopez reports.

Paul Lopez, Reporting

The island of San Pedro is finally receiving a general hospital. The Government of Belize and the Republic of China, Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding today to begin construction on the long-anticipated project.

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness

"It is a very important and momentous occasion that we are here today to do the signing of that cooperation agreement between the government of Belize and the republic of China Taiwan. This is a start of what will happen and come but the significant of what we are doing here is to ensure that we can begin to ensure that San Pedro, the residents of San Pedro and visitors to this island have access to health care."

The island currently has a polyclinic. And, while the health facility's services have expanded over the years, Minister of Health and Wellness Kevin Bernard readily admits that its resources are limited. According to the minister, the island's population has now outgrown the polyclinic. Andre Perez, the Area Representative for Belize Rural South, recounted an unfortunate incident where a pregnant mother lost her life while being transported off the island to seek critical care in Belize City.

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Andre Perez, Area Representative, Belize Rural�

"When we hear of the loss of a loved one that perhaps could have been avoided, only if we had a hospital. Such was one particular case on March fourteenth, 2017, although it is a momentous occasion I am obliged to mention, when a young twenty-three year old resident with child birth complications lost her life while trying to board a flight to Belize City for further medical attention. But, in our plan Belize promises were made to be kept not to be broken. And today one of those promises is being fulfilled and as such we mark this as a historic and momentous occasion."

The Government of Taiwan has committed a thirty-three million dollar grant to cover the cost of construction.�� Prime Minister John Brice�o was at the historic event and had this to say.

Prime Minister John Brice�o

"Well it is certainly an exciting day. It is actually historic because previous government was offering or promising over and over that they are going to get the hospital. I mean they even put it in the budget for two consecutive years and it was never done. We know that it is something that is needed. We are not doing the people a favor. It is something that needed, not only for the residents but also for the tourist that come to visit to Belize. So, it was high in our priority list to get the funding. So, we managed to meet the foreign minister of Taiwan, the President, and certainly the ambassador here. We spoke to them about the need and they decided that they are going to partner with us in making the funding available. Now that the funding is available, now we sign the MOU.

It is anticipated that ground breaking for the San Pedro Hospital will take place in March. GOB expects that construction will be completed within a two-year period.

David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize

"There is an old saying in Taiwan that medical doctors have a parental heart. People regard medical doctors as their parents who gave birth to them, which refers to the importance of medical care in our daily lives. We know that San Pedro Town is far away from the mainland of Belize. Medical care has always troubled the residents and tourist of this island. Taiwan has reached experience in the field of building and managing medical facilities and is willing to share it with Belize to benefit the Belizean people."

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Through a $33-million-dollar grant from the people and Government of Taiwan, the Government of Belize will soon be able to fulfil a longtime dream of the residents of San Pedro Town, their very own hospital. The wheels have already been set in motion with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on January 11, 2023, which will see the construction of the hospital and procurement of necessary equipment for the facility. A promise under Plan Belize, this dream will soon become a reality for the Belize Rural South constituents.



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