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Home Events Events Ministry of Health joins regional offices to celebrate new graduates in Field Epidemiology

Ministry of Health joins regional offices to celebrate new graduates in Field Epidemiology

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The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Regional Council of the Ministers of Health (SICA) and the Dominican Republic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a graduation ceremony for eighteen health practitioners who have successfully completed two levels of course work in Field Epidemiology.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services provided congratulatory remarks at the start of the ceremony. He highlighted that the while we have a few Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, these new graduates which include Doctors, Public Health Inspectors, Nurses, Lab Technicians and Statistical Clerks will bring additional skills from this specialized training to complement the work done in the Epidemiology unit to better analyze and manage data to isolate potential causes of diseases or outbreaks and hopefully eliminate them.

The main address was delivered by the Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health. In his address Dr. Figueroa spoke on the recent health threats to Belize including Chikungunya, Ebola, Zika and more recently the renewed threat of Yellow Fever. “We need to develop our core capacity to deal with new health emergencies in the areas of outbreak and surveillance investigation which have been compounded by the impact from man with nature and other new world orders such as mass migration.” In closing, he joined other presenters in celebrating the achievements of each graduate thanking them for their sacrifice and commitment to complete the course work.

During the ceremony, three case study presentations were done; one on Gastroenteritis in the Stann Creek District, Zika in Blood donors and a descriptive study of preterm births. Remarks were also shared from the Coordinator of Training, COMISCA, Dr. David Rodriguez and also from the Director, Finance Department of COMISCA, Mr. Melbi Duran.

This is Belize’s fifth Cohort of the Field Epidemiology Training Program graduating a total of forty four from the basic level, six from the intermediate level and one from the Advance Level.
The Ministry especially recognizes the commitment shown by Ms. Lorna Perez, Surveillance Officer in the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health. She was also serving simultaneously as the local Coordinator of the FETP Program and she successfully completed and became the first and only graduate so far from the Advance level of the Program.