GOB teams up with El Salvador for better health care

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

The governments of Belize and El Salvador have begun a working relationship aimed at benefitting the health care sectors of both countries.

GOB announced this week that Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, Made a three-day trip to El Salvador at the invitation of Minister of Health of El Salvador, Dr. Elvia Violeta Menjivar and her deputy, Dr. Julio Robles Ticas.

The trip, which lasted from August 12-14, served as a platform for the countries to begin negotiations to work out arrangement, emphasizing the development of human resources and information sharing.

“While negotiations continue, the Government of El Salvador has offered to provide free services through the visit of a medical team at the end of this month and has also offered 21 scholarships in various medical specialty areas to Belizean doctors,” GOB said.

Director of the Drug inspectorate, Danini Contreras, also accompanied Marin, to receive technical advice from Dr. Jose Vicente Coto, Director of Salvador’s National Drug Regulatory Authority.

The discussions were focused on drug regulations, on the progress and benefits that will come from El Salvador’s National Laboratory, all of which will help to serve Belize in the formation of its National Drug Registry.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, explained that the ministry is pushing to have the national drug registry as a means of better policing the importation of pharmaceuticals which are imported into Belize, and protecting the consumers of those pharmaceuticals.

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