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Upgraded Labor and Delivery Unit at the KHMH Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 June 2019 00:00

There was a ceremony at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Monday, June 3, 2019 to officially open their newly renovated Labor and Delivery Unit. The upgrade, which was done by the hospital’s maintenance department, costed the hospital $140,000, of which almost 50% was contributed by the Ministry of Health through Hon. Pablo Marin. The remainder was realized through the hospital’s own efforts.

Michelle Hoare, C.E.O., K.H.M.H., says that there were many issues relating to the actual delivery of obstetrical and gynecological (OB/GYN) services, particularly relating to surgical services. These issues, which had been going on for a while, prompted the need for renovations.

The new unit allows for five operating facilities, three for the hospital’s general surgical area and two for OB/GYN services. There are also two new suites dedicated to normal deliveries and the hospital boasts that the space is now significantly larger with the user’s convenience and comfort in mind. One of the most meaningful, and costly, improvements that the unit has seen is a dedicated line for medical gases particularly for their labor room, delivery room, and now for the first time, in their post-delivery room to better respond to obstetrical emergencies.

As the national referral health facility, the KHMH contributes to almost 1,000 deliveries, nationally, for the year and CEO Hoare considers the renovations necessary to maintain their capacity and facility. “We continue to boast that we are a certified baby-friendly facility and we hope to maintain our certification through the renovations and the benefits that have been afforded us through this new improvement.”

CEO Hoare and the Minister of Health conducted a walkthrough of the unit and made note of the retrofitting that was pertinent. It was then that a commitment was made to repair the facilities.

Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin was also at the ceremony and said that this is not the last bout of renovations that is to be expected in the country’s health sector. “I want to reaffirm the commitment of the government and the Ministry of Health to work hand in hand with KHMH.” There are also intentions to improve health facilities all across Belize. “I want to also say that by September, October, we are supposed to start through SIF, the polyclinic in Belmopan. That is one of them that is really needed and that is the way we are moving forward.” The Ministry of Health, according to the minister, is working on projects with the European Union (EU) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to work toward developing “smart hospitals”.

He also said that it would be remiss of him not to encourage patients that use the facility to pay the minimal fee in an effort to maintain the improved facilities.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 June 2019 12:51