Doctors on-call schedule a reality

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 14            April 5, 2001

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Recently several people have expressed their concern regarding the state of health care on our island. The good news is the Director of Health Services, Dr. Errol Vanzie, has taken steps to alleviate the problem of health coverage for the island. In a letter to the San Pedro Lions Club, Dr. Vanzie assured them of the Ministry of Health's commitment to provide adequate health coverage to the people of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. He went on to say that it is the Ministry of Health's belief that the Government Clinic and the Lions Clinic are complementary to each other in responding to the health needs of the local population.

    In his letter, Dr. Vanzie also mentioned that after reviewing the health statistics coming from the island and taking into consideration the size of the population, they are confident that two physicians are adequate to provide for the health care needs of Ambergris Caye. These figures are said to be well within the international standard of one doctor for every 4,000 inhabitants.

    Nevertheless the Director of Health Services feels that there is a problem with health coverage after working hours, weekends and holidays. He feels that the reasonable solution to this problem is to provide on-call services to the population for emergencies but clearly one doctor cannot be on-call everyday of the week and weekends. As a solution they have put a system into place in which the two government appointed physicians (Drs. Lenin Quintana Reyes and Giovanni Solorzano) will alternate daily and weekend on-call hours.

    To accommodate the needs of the public, to avoid confusion and in order to facilitate access to required pharmaceuticals, all on-call services will be provided out of the Government Clinic.

    The following is the schedule for the month of April.

Dr. Lenin Quintana Reyes ñ April 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 28 and 29.

Dr. Giovanni Solorzano ñ April 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 30.

    The San Pedro Sun will publish the monthly schedule as a service to the people of Ambergris Caye. Many thanks to the Director of Health for aiding us in this situation.
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