Western Health Region

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Western Health Region
The Western Health Region has two (2) Public Hospitals, one (1) Private Hospital, five (5) Health Centers and five (5) Health Posts and the Region serves a population of 61,000 persons (CSO mid-year 2003 estimate). La Loma Luz, the Private Hospital has 16 Beds and is located in Santa Elena, Cayo. The two public hospitals are Western Regional Hospital (formerly Belmopan Hospital), which has 50 beds and San Ignacio Hospital/ Community Hospital, which has 16 beds. 

The Western Regional Hospital provides both Primary and Secondary Care Services. In addition, the four basic Specialties are offered, namely, Gynecology, Surgical, Paediatric and Internal Medicine. In an effort to enhance coverage in the area of Mental Health, a new Acute Psychiatric Unit was opened in June 2001.

The Western Regional Hospital has 2 main Wards: General Ward and the Maternity Ward.
The General Ward Services include: Care for children and adult patients, Care for Pre/ Post General Surgical Patients, and Care for Critical Patients (Intensive Care Unit).

The Maternity Services include: Care for pregnant mother, Care of the Newborn, Postpartum Care, Care for Gynecological Patients – pre and post operation care for C-section and gyne surgeries.

The San Ignacio Hospital provides services in General Medicine, Maternity and delivery. Specialist clinics are carried out by visiting specialists from the Western Regional Hospital. Primary Care services are also provided.

Support Services:
Support Services, which include Laboratory, Radiology and Pharmacy, are also offered at the Hospitals. 
The Laboratory provides diagnostic services for the hospital. The six areas of diagnostic tests include: Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Parasitology, Serology, and Immuno-Hematology.

The Radiology provides diagnostic radiographs to the referring physician of the respective patients. The following X-rays are done: All Skeletal, Chest (lateral, oblique), Abdomen (Erect, Supine, Lateral), Contrasted X-Ray – Barium Swallow, Barium Meal, Enema, and Uretrcistogram.

The Pharmacy Department offers daily dispensing of medication to Out-patients and supply the Hospital and Health Center with both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Compounding is also done. Pharmacy is responsible for stock management and for the requisitioning of all pharmaceuticals and supplies on the basis of need and utilization, from the Central Medical Stores.

Health Centers/ Maternal and Child Health Program
The five (5) Health Centers through the Maternal and Child Health Program provide immunization services, prenatal care, postnatal care, growth monitoring (children under 5), general health education and mobile clinics. Other services provided are Tuberculosis prevention and control of STI’s and HIV transmission (from mother to child transmission).
The Belmopan Health Center and the San Ignacio Health Center are managed by a Public Health Nurse and the Rural Health Centers by Rural Health Nurse. The Belmopan Health Center serves a population of 17,151 persons and has a catchment of seventeen (17) communities the target population for immunization for children 0-1year old for the year 2006 is 645 children.

The Valley of Peace Health Center serves a population of 2,500 persons and the immunization target for children 0-1 year in 2006 is 54.

The San Ignacio Health Center serves a population of 22,114 and a catchment of twenty two (22) communities the target population for immunization (2006) for children 0-1year old is 688.

The Mopan Health Center in Benque Viejo Town serves a population of 7,820 and a catchment of six (6) communities the target population for 2006, for immunization for children 0-1year is 229 children. 
The George Ville Health Center serves a population of 4,241 persons and a catchment of eight (8) communities the immunization target (2006) for children 0-1year is 114 children.

Health Posts:
The five health posts provide general health education, treatment for diarrhea, minor ailments and referrals to health centers or Hospitals. The Health Posts provide the primary link, with the community. Community Nurses Aides and in some cases the Primary Medical Care Givers provide services to the community. 
Four Health Posts are served by Medical Care Providers (Cubans) and they are: Bullet Tree / Santa Familia, Santa Martha, San Antonio and Succotz.



Management Staff

Sample image M. Goncalves
Deputy RHM
Sample image B. Nicholson
Hospital Administrator
Western Regional
Sample image Dr. Jesus Ken
Chief Of Staff
Western Regional
Sample image Dr. Fidel Cuellar
Chief of Staff
San Ignacio Hosp.
Sample image B. Rivas
Western Regional
Sample image J. Garnett
Dept. Sister
San Ignacio Hosp.


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