A brief handing over ceremony was held at the new Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital this morning. A generous donation of approximately US$120,000 was gifted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital through the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow by the Government of Japan, through its Grassroots Human Security Project in 2014 to purchase equipment for the new unit.
The funds were used to purchase vital items such as a heavy duty backup generator, an incubator, 3 cerebral oximeters, 1 EKG Machines, 2 Headwall systems, 2 I-stat machines and syringe infusion pumps. Ambassador of Japan to Belize, His Excellency Mr. Masanori Nakano, was in Belize and formally handed over the donation to Dr. Adrian Coye, Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
This donation is essential to fulfilling the commitment of finally providing a properly equipped and staffed intensive care facility for our children. Belize’s first dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will give newborns and critically ill children access to quality healthcare right here at home; not only saving lives, but also easing a tremendous burden on families who cannot afford the exorbitant costs of seeking treatment for their children abroad.
Mrs. Simplis Kim Barrow, unfortunately, was unable to attend the event, however, she sent her sincere gratitude to the Government of Japan for supporting the improvement of our country’s healthcare system through its Grant Assistance Grassroots Human Security Project.