Headline — 21 March 2018 — by Rowland A. Parks
Structural problems with KHMH roof and ceiling lead to evacuation and limited service

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 19, 2018– Last Wednesday, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s (KHMH) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adrian Coye, fired off a memorandum to the hospital’s Board of Governors, Directors, and Head of Sections asking them to “Kindly note that due to the assessment of the structural damage in the X-Ray Department, the following directives are being issued. There is to be limited through-put in the X-Ray Department. Absolutely no CAT-SCAN will be done.”

Dr. Coye’s memorandum went on to explain that: “Arrangements have been made with Belize Medical Associates and the Belize Healthcare Partners (BHPL) to facilitate the relevant emergency needs as deemed necessary by the medical professionals of the KHMH.”

The CEO’s memorandum went on to say, “You will be alerted in due course (subsequent to the repair of the damage done) of the full resumption of the services at KHMHA.”  The memorandum was signed by S. Bradshaw, Executive Assistant for Dr. Coye.

A press release from the hospital last week said that while repairs are being executed and in the interest of safety, “we are limiting traffic through the facility; as such there will be no clinics or elective services for the remainder of this week.”

The hospital’s press release also said that the KHMH is working in emergency mode and some areas have been shut down. The areas which were shut down are the radiology unit, operating theaters, central sterilization and the clinics.

KHMH is the country’s premier referral hospital, and the building was constructed 25 years ago. A structural fault was discovered on the roof of the building, prompting the hospital to issue the release saying that the hospital was working in emergency mode.

The repairs to the roof and ceiling are expected to last up to the end of March.

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