Chunox Polyclinic reopens as health service hub in eastern Corozal district


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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2022. 3:36 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: The National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is being introduced to villages in the eastern half of Corozal District from the center of Chunox Polyclinic.

Area representative Florencio Marin, Jr. said he was encouraged and asked residents to “look forward to this service that [we] will get, which Chunox, Sarteneja, Progresso, Copper Bank, deserve.

These are some of the eight communities to be served from the Chunox Polyclinic, in what Deysi Mendez, Technical Advisor, National Health Insurance, and former CEO of the ministry, explains is a format designed for use in Southside Belize City in beginning of the NHI in 2001: “…what is being implemented here…is management through the private sector to help strengthen the public system, but operating through a contractual arrangement through the National Health Insurance.

Dr. Mendez recalls that the NHI is a ‘purchaser’ of primary care services ranging from check-ups to medications and specialist services ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to laboratory services, intended to prevent the need for intervention. in regional hospitals and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. She advises area residents to use the service and be disciplined with your health

The NHI registers individuals via their Social Security card to enter the system and assigns participants to clinics where they can access services.

Dr. Jose Salinas, director of Northern Medical Plaza, is in charge of the cooperation between the ministry and his company based in Orange Walk. As part of the menu of primary health care services, he cites “management of all common illnesses, cancer screening, hospitalized patients, screening of patients who may be at risk of cardiovascular disease, vaccination at as a precaution, certain conditions that may be prevalent in the region. Emergency care assistance where patients might have an incident at home or an accident on the road, here at the polyclinic we have the equipment to stabilize these patients and do the proper transfer of these patients to the hospital for their final treatment.


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