By Alexis R. Milan
The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust (BNECT) this week signed two agreements with the Ministry of Health to construct an annex to the Independence Poly Clinic in Stann Creek and to renovate the existing structure that houses the San Narciso Health Center in the Corozal District.
In April last year grant funding in the amount of $250,000 was approved by the Trust for the Independence Poly Clinic to construct a new wing immediately adjacent to the existing structure located on 4 acres of land.
The new wing is to allow for future expansion. It will house all clinical support services including pharmacy, laboratory, X-rays and ultrasound equipment
. The total cost of this project is $417,828, and the Ministry is pro-viding counterpart funding in the amount of $167,828
The plan for the San Narciso renovation project is to improve the physical infrastructure of the Health Centre to promote quality outpatient services that will further improve clinical management and disease prevention for San Narciso and surrounding communities.
Renovation works include replacement of the entire roof system including ceiling, electrical and plumbing upgrades, replacement of doors, windows, burglar bars and locks, exterior and interior painting. The cost of the renovation works is a little over $82,000 and is being entirely funded by the BNETrust.
The total in-vestment by the Trust for these two projects come up to a little more than $332,000. Work on these two health projects is expected to begin as early as next week. The Independence project is expected to take eighteen weeks to complete while the San Narciso renovation is expected to be completed within ten weeks.
Belize Energy Charitable Trust is a partnership between the Government of Belize and Belize Natural Energy Limited, established by a Deed of Trust dated February 25th 2008.
The Trust was established to make a difference in the lives of Belizeans; to empower people and communities to thrive in a harmonious, socially and environmentally responsible manner.