As of press time, the buzz in San Pedro Town was of the official inauguration of the island’s Poly Clinic II, which is located on Manta Ray Street. The newly completed, two-story concrete building has been in construction since 1999, through the hardworking efforts of the San Pedro Lions Club. The Lions always envisioned a proper public health care facility for the island, where 24-hour service would be available. The completion of San Pedro’s Poly Clinic means this vision is close to becoming a reality!
In an interview with Clinical Director, Doctor Giovanni Solorzano, The San Pedro Sun found out that, presently the clinic boasts two rural health nurses/midwives; one staff nurse/midwife; one pharmacist; one health officer; and two doctors, Solorzano and Doctor Otto Rodriguez. Currently, the health center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Poly Clinic II provides added services in an improved environment on “La Isla Bonita.” Services now available include: maternal and child healthcare, including pre-natal and post-natal services; pediatric services available four hours a week; vaccinations for both children and adults; gynecology and obstetrics services available four hours a week; mental health services available eight hours a month; and the services of the public health officer who is available during normal working hours. Another great service is the inclusion of a pharmacy in the building, which will provide proper medication to the patients.
Doctor Solorzano stated, “We are pleased to be in a brand new building. It is fully air conditioned, with great amenities and we are in the process of not only expanding our services, but also expanding our staff and hours.” Doctor Solorzano explained that although the facility is not open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, there is a 24-hour on- call service available. To access the service, kindly call the San Pedro Police Department at 226-2022, who will redirect the call to help facilitate prompt health care.
After investing close to $700,000, the Lions Club of San Pedro the Government of Belize, through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, came up with the rest of the money. The building and land remains the property of the Lions Club who are leasing the facility to the Government of Belize for fifty years at a fee of ten dollars per year.