by Dr. Julian Brown
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Today marks a profound and bittersweet milestone for all of us as we bear witness to both the current situation our country faces due to COVID-19 but also a vision for the future of healthcare and wellness for Belize.
Good health is the bedrock on which social progress is built. A nation of healthy people can do those things that make life worthwhile, and as the level of health increases so does the potential for happiness.
I am pleased to provide some closing remarks on the initiative done by the PUP to present their healthcare policies. I truly find them innovative, re-defining, feasible and in the best interest of all Belizeans to say the least.
- It brings much needed attention to the primary health care system that will not only guarantee the prevention of disease but also the promotion of healthy lifestyles and healthy living.
- Universal health coverage through the roll out of the National Health Insurance will promote that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship
- Accommodates for the elderly population by improving the accessibility of health care with mobile clinics.
- Envisions a holistic approach to health with the vision of mental health and mental illness centers
- The implementation of a body that regulates quality of healthcare will ensure fair treatment to both patients and healthcare workers.
- Invests in health facilities and community hospitals where there is dire need for medical attention.
- Define adequate and proper guidelines and protocols based on scientific evidence for health professionals in the public and private sectors to do their work with confidence and without fear of being infected.
- Increases average life expectancy but most importantly increase the quality of life.
The pandemic has revealed that we need to modernize our healthcare system, be able to react and respond much faster and, invest in infrastructure. So, here’s where we need to go next. We need to transform the system to get people access to the right care at the right time, and in the right place. And when I say “need”, I mean “need”, because making this kind of transformational change is essential if we are to protect all Belizeans today and for future generations.