The Belize City Council has embarked on a new initiative that encourages our staff to lead a healthier lifestyle. This initiative is spearheaded by our newly appointed Sports Coordinator, Michael Novelo in collaboration with Councillor Micah Goodin. In an effort to jumpstart our Health Revolution, we invited health practitioners to conduct health checks on our staff from each department.
This morning, HelpAge International Latin America and Caribbean Sub-Regional Network Meeting was held at the Ramada Princess Hotel to discuss the protection of the human rights of all older persons. Dr. Councillor Candice Pitts was invited to do the welcome address and engage in the panel discussion. Councillor Pitts attended a gathering at the BTL Park for the Belize City Seniors in July of this year and hearing the concerns of the seniors definitely equipped her to weigh in on the discussion today.
The Welcome Resource Center held a Sleep It Out Fundraiser in honor of those faced with homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. This first of its kind fundraiser was orchestrated by Ms. Joyce Ellis, Administrator of the Welcome Resource Center. Belize City Council’s Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, Councillors Aisha Gentle and Micah Goodin were all in attendance to partake in this experience which began from 6:00pm and was scheduled to end at 6:00am. Mayor Wagner was asked to say a few words given the current condition of our homeless and mentally ill in Belize. Mayor Wagner and Councillors stuck it out for the night amongst the many who came to ‘sleep it out’.
In order to ensure that everything from the bodily preparation to the burial is a smooth process for the already grieving families of those who have lost loved ones a meeting was held at the Belize City Council. Councillor Deltrude Hylton (Public Health), City Administrator Mrs. Stephanie Lindo – Garbutt, Citco’s Public Health Inspectors, grave diggers, undertakers and a representative from the Ministry of Health all gathered to discuss best practices to uphold certain standards in this area.
Some concerns that were shared included:
- The communication between Undertakers and grave diggers regarding the ratio of casket size to grave size and body measurements appropriate to casket size. As well as casket capacity per gravesite
- Urgent burials called in from the authorities and it’s communication from mortician to City Council’s cemetery
- Lessening the timespan from the issuance of receipt at our Customer Service desk to the information of grave placement received by the family of the deceased.
- Mindfulness of cause of death when making preparations
- Keeping the family of the deceased informed of every step of the process
All in attendance agreed that keeping this in mind would streamline the process.
In order for our women to continue to give of themselves they must take time to be nourished and nurtured. Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts made a conscious effort to do just this by taking the women on the forefront (Councillors Aisha Gentle & Deltrude Hylton) and behind the scenes (Mrs. Michelle Smith – Public Relations Coordinator, Sharin Pitts – Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Marcia Joseph – Human Resources Personnel) of Citco to a yoga session at Om Shanti on Fort Street. The knowledge gained was enlightening of how the human body functions and operates.
Special Thanks to Mayor Bernard Wagner for this most generous gift to our ladies. Thank you also to the Om Shanti Team for opening your doors to us and being so accommodating. The work you are doing of bringing peace and enlightenment to the women who decide incorporate this practice into their lives is truly something special.
Today at City Hall another set of Sanitation staffers came to partake in the Stress Management discussion with Ms. Juliet Simmons of the Ministry of Health and Ms. Ingrid Bonilla of Cleopatra White Clinic. It was a very impactful and eye opening discussion for our Sanitation employees. They established ways and means of identifying factors of stress and methods of control. Citco values its Sanitation employees and their overall health and there will be many more discussions to come.
Councilor Deltrude Hylton who organized the Stress Management talk is the portfolio holder of the Public Health Unit
Councilor Michael Norales holds the portfolio for the Sanitation Department
Today marks the 4th Annual Gateway Youth Center Health Fair at the Constitution Park in Belize City where attendees can get free testing on everything from Diabetes to HIV. In addition to getting a better understanding of the services offered by the organizations taking part in the Fair. Those in attendance were: The Belize Cancer Society, Belize Council for the Visually Impaired(BCVI), Oceana, Ministry of Health, Belize Diabetes Association and of course our very own Public Health Unit. Students and teachers from the various highschools stopped by and gathered some flyers, asked questions and partook in the trivia games. The Belize City Council’s Public Health Unit’s Info desk was attended to by: Ms Tiffany Diaz – Sanitation Health Educator, Ms Lucy Avila Pitts – Sanitation Health Coordinator, Ms Josephine McCauley – Sanitation Health Educator and the Councillor with the responsibility of Public Heath, Councillor Deltrude Hylton. These ladies educated the public on the duties and responsibilities of their unit as well testing their knowledge of the Mayor & Councillors. All in all it was a notch on the Health Unit’s belt of creating an increasingly knowledgeable Belize City.
This morning the HR Sub-Committee Meeting was held in the Conference Room of the City Hall. This was to strengthen the committee to be more effective, reflecting on previous instances of natural disaster preparedness, networking and connecting with organizations for swifter assistance to residents, reassigning persons with strengths in needed areas, assessing shelters and shelter management, et cetera. Members of the Sub-committee included:
Councillor Aisha Gentle
Mr. Wayne Usher – CEMO Liaison Officer
Ms. Angelita Esquiliano – Human Resources Personnel Officer
Ms. Charlene McDonald Allen – Executive Secretary
Ms. Sharlene Rudon – Human Resources/Public Relations Director
Mr. Hugh Broaster – Senior Audit Clerk
Mr Louis Thompson Jr – Parks & Playgrounds Manager
Mr. Jermaine Hyde – Municipal Court Manager
Ms. Laverne Smith – Payroll Clerk
Mr. Bernard Jones – CEMO Field Officer
Ms Ursula Smith – Human Resources Manager
Mr Kenroy Usher – Compliance Officer
The monthly CEMO meeting is scheduled for the upcoming week. We’ll keep you posted.
In every organization there are always the people you see and the ones you don’t, both of which are working diligently to improve the quality of service within that organization. Within the Belize City Council the Sanitation Inspectors definitely fall within that category. Here we have Ms. Tiffany Diaz conducting a routine inspection at the BTL Park at one of several food kiosks. Our inspectors procedurally check for each vendor’s Food Handler’s card, proper attire requirements, satisfactory establishment, as well as for all goods to be cleaned and covered according to health regulations and finally to ensure proper garbage disposal guidelines are upheld.
If anyone would like more information on the inspection process kindly contact our main office at 227-7205/2308/4114 for further details.