DHS Marvin Manzanero just about jobless

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

The nation came to see Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services (DHS), as a household name even before the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the country. His name held weight even more so after the first and subsequent cases in the country were confirmed and he maintained a presence with the Belizean people on an almost daily basis. Since March 2020, he worked tirelessly to ensure that sufficient data was recorded and disseminated for public knowledge. This is up until he contracted the disease himself in December and had to go on sick leave. Still, the public remained grateful of his efforts over those months but following the General Elections in November and his COVID-19 prognosis in December, the good doctor’s career was seemingly on a rocky road.
Dr. Melissa Diaz, sister-in-law of PUP Ministers Kareem Musa and Henry Charles Usher, was named Acting DHS in early December due to Dr. Manzanero’s health. At least, that was the version of the story the public was given, but now, it might seem that that is not so. He recently showed up back to work at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, following the long period of severe COVID-19 symptoms, to meet an occupied office and no desk. It seems that he might be out of a job entirely and might be facing a demotion. It has been reported to 7News that he can either report to work with the Ministry’s HIV program, take a job as a medical officer, or resign. Since this news has been made public, a great number of persons, regardless of political affiliation, have taken to social media to express their discontent saying that the Ministry is looking to take Dr. Manzanero’s years of hard work for granted.