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Stakeholders partner up for child cancer care

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

This week the Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society formed an alliance with Mexico, to help child cancer patients in Belize receive treatment.

The MoH and BCS signed the agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan, on Thursday at the Mexican Embassy in Belmopan.

The agreement will allow for children up to ages 17 to access treatment services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health.

The costs for these services will be financed through grant funding provided by the Belize Social Security Board.

Through the agreement, patients will be able to access services such as specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.

Pablo Marin signed on behalf of the Government of Belize, and Laura Longsworth, president of the BCS signed on their behalf.

Ambassador Carlos Quesnel Melendez and the representative of the Belize Social Security Board Mrs. Leticia Vega witnessed the signing.

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