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We Owe Dr Sands A Huge Debt Of Thanks

EDITOR, The Tribune

Regardless of the COVID-19 related quagmire that led to his resignation, the former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands deserves our appreciation for his historic, frank and passionate plea to make the nation’s wellness a serious and singularly important goal.

It could not have been easy for a Minister to look at a population that has the ability to re-elect or defeat him and say nearly 80% of you are obese. It took courage to say the reason we need a lockdown is because the Bahamian lifestyle is basically unhealthy and we have underlying conditions that could cause a pandemic to easily overwhelm our health care system and lead to an abnormally high mortality rate. It took fortitude to urge parents to do better, schools to change their menus, his own staff to commit to exercise and wellness.

On behalf of the executives, medical staff, and teams at our clinics in Nassau, Spanish Wells and Palmetto Point, Eleuthera and our Board of Directors, thank you for your courage, Dr Sands, in the face of a fast-food loving nation to say the time has come to do better. May we all heed your plea.

We also wish the Acting Minister of Health, Prime Minister Dr The Most Hon Hubert Minnis, success. His fitness should serve as an example to the nation.

DIANE PHILLIPS, Chairman

Bahamas Wellness Health System

Nassau

May 20, 2020

Comments

geostorm 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yes, Dr. Sands in my book will go down as the best Minister of Health ever. It's unfortunate that he is no longer in the position.

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joeblow 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I do not agree, but am really interested in hearing a few of the objective reasons why you think so.

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tribanon 1 month ago

But Topdude strongly disagrees!

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truetruebahamian 1 month, 2 weeks ago

He should have been PM or at least Deputy PM.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I've been saying that from 2013. The night he appeared as the FNM'S rep on the gaming referendum. Super impressive. Over the years I've realized his Achilles heel is the politics, he dont have that dirty slippery game gene or if he dies he don't do it well. He needs advisors if he's going to make it.

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The truth is DR: Sands should be charged with something. I am not sure with what.

He has done nothing that great. Persons at the Rand Memorial hospital were under tents to long.

he loved being in the press and I am sure he misses that, doc was afraid of him, he was a litter brighter light than doc. The Frank Smith case says a lot.

The question can be asked of DR Sands where is your heart? where is you soul.?

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Telling people they are obese? What is so great about that. Doctor Sands himself may be in that category.

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happyfly 1 month, 2 weeks ago

All he did was enable Papa Doc to drag us into this godforsaken lockdown. Conjured up by members of the Wuhan Politburo in February, mass lockdown became a thing (overnight) when the head of the WHO decided to NOT embarrass China because they did such a criminal job of warning the world about the virus outbreak. The WHO and China were responsible for letting this virus go global so they blew up the biggest distraction they could. Next thing we know Italy is doing it, then some idiot in the UK's computer models say we are all going to die and everyone panics and the whole world goes in to lockdown without a second thought about economy, how we get out of it, or where the science, or even common sense of it is. Flatten the curve ? We did that in the first week with social distancing. Fact. Since then Papa Doc is defying all reality and the only good thing Doc Sands did is remove himself from the political fallout when everyone realizes what a bad idea lockdown was

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