Our Community - Dr. Miguel Allison Del Valle - "Providing a hearty helping of healthcare"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 13            April 4, 2002

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Dr. Miguel Allison Del Valle

Last week the San Pedro Sun introduced one of the two medical practitioners of the San Pedro Lions Clinic. This week, we are pleased to introduce the second doctor who has been providing excellent services - Dr. Miguel Allison Del Valle. 

    Dr. Allison hails from La Habana, Cuba, where he was born thirty-six years ago to Lucia Del Valle Garbizo and Michael Allison Hall. Since he can remember, Allison claims he wanted to become a doctor. He grew up in La Habana attending Fe de Valle Elementary School, Donato Marmol High School and Pablo de la Torrientes Junior College, proving to be a more than competent student. He then enrolled in Victoria Giron University, where he completed his studies in basic and pre-clinic sciences. Following this schooling he graduated into the Facultad de Medicina Finlay Albarran receiving a General Practitioner's license in 1990. Dr. Allison spent the next two years in the mountainous areas of Guantanamo on the eastern coast of Cuba where he completed the required amount of government social services. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Allison chose to study for a specialty in Integral General Medicine and two years later for a sub-specialty in Adult Intensive Care. After attending numerous symposiums, workshops, conventions and seminars related to the medical field, he eventually achieved a Master's Degree in Clinical Toxicology.

    On January 29th, 1999, Dr. Allison came to Belize as part of the Cuba/Belize agreement to aid with the shortage of medical practitioners in this country. He was first stationed at the San Ignacio Hospital in the Cayo District where he practiced for three months. Following that, he was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City and then to the Cleopatra White Health Center. After his one-year government contract expired, Dr. Allison returned to Cuba but six months later was sent back to Belize. Once again, Dr. Allison was stationed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

    During his first stay in Belize, Dr. Allison also rendered his services during an emergency crisis at the San Pedro Health Center after Hurricane Keith took its toll on Ambergris Caye. The short period of time he spent in San Pedro was enough to convince him that this was the place he wanted to live and practice medicine. He made this a reality in January of this year when he relocated to the island as a doctor for the San Pedro Lions Clinic. Dr. Allison was welcomed with open arms, as the demand for medical services had reached a very critical point. "San Pedro is a great place to live. I have enjoyed the charisma of the people and am very happy to be here," Dr. Allison told the San Pedro Sun. "There are many things that, as a doctor, I would like to share with this island. I have plans to incorporate a health education scheme, which is the biggest weapon to fight diseases that a community can equip themselves with. I will put forth all my efforts and knowledge to help improve the health standards of San Pedro," vowed the doctor.

    As a medical practitioner, Dr. Allison says he lives by the oath he made to serve his patients any day, and at any time. When he finds himself with spare time (a rare occasion for Dr. Allison) he says he enjoys socializing and meeting new people, as well as, exercising.

    The patience, knowledge and eagerness that Dr. Miguel Allison Del Valle brings to the Lions Clinic is a sure sign that San Pedro is already one step ahead toward improving the health care standards in "Our Community."

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