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The Ministry of Health’s plan to access $1.6M of National Health Insurance Funds that is managed by the Social Security Board, for the construction of a building to store pharmaceutical supplies in Belmopan stirred up some controversy. When the Opposition Leader questioned the PM regarding the move, the PM responded that he was unaware and that the access to NHI funds for that purpose should not be granted. Yesterday Health Minister Pablo Marin attempted to clarify the issue in media interviews. He explained


pablitoHon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“We have been renting for so so long in Ladyville and it is costing our six thousand dollars a month and for the past eleven years that I have been there renting and the location is a low lying area and the rent is about to expire on us so we ned to move it to a central location which is Belmopan and it is easy to look at it whenever you want to do a new or your own facility first you need to have the plans, you need to do the estimate, you need to carry on with all what is needed for you to be able to hae that in place, the second thing is to find which part the fundings are, the NHI and I need to clarify this again, the NHI funds is not from the SSB funds, SSB which is Social Security they are only managing those funds, we have about three million dollars in reserves so what we wanted to do when we did all of that consultation and all what we needed for us to get the funds we did ask the Prime Minister can we use the funds, we did not went and said we want the funds we wanted to find a source where we can do a new CMS.”


Reporter


“I think the Prime Minster claimed he didn’t know about it?”


Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“No, no, no he didn’t claim in the sense that you know what, what is happening to this, remember we did all what we needed to do for us to get the estimate and to get the proposal for it when we too it to the PM he had to have asked SSB if it is possible and SSB said that is not possible…”


Reporter


“SSB said they didn’t know anything about it?”


Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“No, but that wasn’t on that time remember, if I don’t carry the, how you call it, the estimate or the proposal, if I didn’t carry the proposal to none of them, I ask them before can I do this and they said you cannot do that so they haven’t received that proposal. There is nothing wrong as to where to find the funds I don’t see anything wrong, we are trying to find a building that is centrally located for us to be able to have at any situation whenever we would have a hurricane arises.”


Reporter


“What do you say in the assertion in some quarters, the assumption is that had that memo had not been leaked this thing would have ended up running smoothly and nobody would have known anything about it any at all?”

 

Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“No, put it this way if I have send the proposal to SSB, they would have looked at it and said by sending the letter and saying you know what Minister sorry the funds cannot be used for this particular purpose that is it so it is nothing that we would got it or it was already in process is something that we need to do and I will continue I need to do the warehouse in Belmopan and further more how will you try to say that I am trying to do something wrong when its just for the benefit for the people.”


According to Marin, his new CEO Dr. George Gough, who was the head of NHI in the Ministry of Health, raised no objections to accessing the funds, even though he should have known that NHI funds are strictly for NHI programmes.

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