Saturday, April 16, 2011


Cutting the symbolic ribbon
The Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Benque Viejo Town Council, is pleased to announce the official inauguration of the new Benque Polyclinic, which was be held on, Wednesday morning, April 13th at 10 am at the project site in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

The new polyclinic will provide quality medical health care services to over 8,000 residents of Benque Viejo del Carmen and the surrounding villages of Calla Creek, Arenal and Succotz in the Cayo District.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, in partnership with the Ministry of Health.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $829,162.00 and was financed by the UK Commonwealth Debt Initiative (CDI)  and the Government of Belize through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  The Benque Viejo Town Council contributed over $3,000 towards the demolition of the old buildings on site and preparation of the area for construction.

The work scope included the demolition of two buildings and front fence and construction of a 4,166 square foot concrete building with an additional 1,321 square feet of verandah and ramp areas. The new building is 3 feet above ground level with a strip foundation, concrete floor, beams, columns and roof with a shell of block walls, aluminum windows and timber doors. 
Hon Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, delivering keynote address
Minister of Economic Development, Hon Erwin Contreras delivering Special Address
The Benque Viejo del Carmen polyclinic will provide improved health care to the residents including pre and post natal care, treatment for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, acute respiratory infection and trauma by a permanent nurse/midwife and physician.  The clinic has a waiting area, an emergency room, consultations and treatment rooms, observation room, maternal and child health care room, a laboratory and pharmacy, a sterilizing room, laundry room, bathrooms, a conference room as well as Administrative offices and an office for the Public Health Inspector. 

State of the Art ambulance donated by Government of Italy
Dr Rosado (L) and other members of her medical team inspecting the new ambulance
The keynote speaker at the official inauguration was the Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health. A special address was delivered by Hon Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection and Area Representative for Cayo West, who was highly instrumental in securing the donation of a new ambulance for the polyclinic from the Government of Italy.  Addresses was delivered by Mr. Nicholas Ruiz, Mayor of Benque Viejo and Mr. Daniel Cano, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund among others. 
Minister of Health, Hon Pablo Marin (L to R) and Hon Erwin Contreras along with Mayor Ruiz and Mr Daniel Cano pose for the camera 
Marimba playing the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony 
Proud receipient of PETC cart courtesy of CARE Belize 

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations, Social Investment Fund, Tel: 822-0239 or via email at or Cel No. 634-4002  Press Release No. 11 - 2011

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