Sunday's general meeting of San Pedro Lions Club, members agreed to bring the
Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health "on board," in order to complete
the San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Hospital. This discussion followed a meeting
of the SP Lions Board of Directors and Ministry of Health Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) Henry Anderson last Saturday.
meeting between CEO Anderson and the SP Lions directors, it was stated that the
Caribbean Development Bank had allotted funds to be used for hospitals in
Belize. The Ministry then established San Pedro and Belize City as the two
priority areas to be budgeted for these finances. The CEO suggested to the Lions
that, instead of the government attempting to build another facility on the
island, it may be in the best interest of everyone, if the two efforts were
combined for the good of all, in order to make the hospital a reality much
sooner than was expected.
Lions members discussed this
and several other issues regarding the hospital during their general meeting
held on Sunday. Following the Lions affirmative vote, it was announced that
plans are for the hospital to be completed by April of next year. According to
SP Lions President Milo Paz Jr., a Memorandum of Understanding will need to be
written which will include that the name "Lions" remain in the hospital's name.
It will also insure continued involvement of Lions in the hospital, as well as a
Lions majority vote on the hospital Board of Directors.
To facilitate this plan, government engineers and representatives of the
Caribbean Development Bank are scheduled to visit San Pedro this week. Following
an inspection of the hospital site, additional discussions between all
interested parties are planned. The San Pedro Lions Club assures the community
that they will keep them abreast of any further developments.