The Child Advisory Body of Belize City (CAB) under the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipalities Initiative (SCFMI) and in partnership with the Belize Diabetes Association continued their Diabetes Testing Drive today in the primary schools at James Garbutt SDA Primary School. This testing drive is a part of CAB Belize City’s ‘No More Junk’ Campaign which focuses on ensuring that children select healthier meal and snack options to steer them away from ailments such as childhood obesity and diabetes.
In an effort to continue promoting health and wellness among our residents, our most recent focus was eye care. The Belize City Council Programs Department in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired offered free eye screening, free reading glasses and free glasses frames with prescription purchases for the residents of Belize City.
~Your Belize City Council…Always ‘Bout The People
To promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle among our staff, our Programs Department collaborated with the Ministry of Health to perform free and optional health tests such as blood glucose tests, blood pressure tests, body mass index and body fat content. A healthy staff is a happy staff!
~Your Belize City Council…Always ‘Bout The People
Today, marked a very special 78th Birthday for Freetown Resident, Mrs. Veronica Myles as she was surprised at the senior citizen’s home with a visit by Mayor Bernard Wagner. Mayor Wagner gifted Mrs. Myles with a brand new-wheelchair. Mrs. Myles who is blind, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Mayor Wagner and stated “.… this birthday was made even more special with the gift of her wheelchair.” Mayor Wagner couldn’t leave without expressing his mutual excitement and serenaded Mrs. Myles with a Happy Birthday song. Happy Birthday Mrs. Myles!
In honor of Nurse’s Week, Councillor Deltrude Hylton (Public Health & Cemetery portfolio) in collaboration with Integral Health Services and Cleopatra White Polyclinic administered their second series of vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), The Flu Virus and Tetanus to employees of the Cemetery & Sanitation Departments as well as the Public Health Unit.
Thank you once again to Nurse Jones and Nurse Mitchell of Integral Health Services and Nurse Cadle and Kelly of Cleopatra White Polyclinic.
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.