By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Twelve doctors from the United States are arriving in Belize today, Saturday, to conduct a special one-week paediatric mission throughout the Belize district.
The doctors, coming from Virginia, will offer diagnostic and referral services, through a program coordinated by World Paediatric Project, and the local non-governmental organization, Friends Of Paediatrics.
The team will start on Sunday in San Pedro, break for the March 9 holiday on Monday and resume on Tuesday at the Ladyville Community Center. On Wednesday they visit the Maskall Health Center; Thursday, they move to the Port Loyola at the Port Loyola Health Clinic, and on Friday the head for the Crooked Tree Health Center. All the clinics start at 9:00 a.m.
Khandice Tillett, Belize project manager for the World Paediatric Project explained that the team is seeing patients free of charge and will not turn away any patient, despite the size of the workload.
“If there are 100 patients, they will see 100. If there are 200 they will stay until the work is finished. They’re here to work, not vacation, so people just need to come out,” Tillett said.
She added that this is the team’s fifth visit to Belize, through the collaboration arrangement. The team has also conducted clinics both in Corozal and in Orange Walk.