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European Union grants Belize $30 million

This week the Ministry of Health announced that it has received a $30 million grant from the European Union.

Chief Executive Officer in the ministry, Dr. Peter Allen, explained that the Ministry applied for the grant under the 11th cycle of the European Development Fund, through the Ministry of Economic Development. The funds will be used for several development projects. 

“The principal purpose of the grant is to construct a separate wing at the Western Regional Hospital,” Allen said.

He explained that the wing will be constructed to be able to evacuate patients from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in the event of a natural disaster.

“This facility will also help the KHMH by being another referral center, particularly looking at referrals from the west and south,” Allen added.

The ministry will be able to start accessing the funds by the second half of 2015.

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