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Darville: We’Re Working On Increasing Manpower

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville in the House of Assembly. Photo: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville in the House of Assembly. Photo: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville says his ministry is working on plans to increase manpower in public health and improve infrastructure of medical facilities on the Family Islands.

Dr Darville made the comments when asked about the matter in view of a shooting at Bimini last week that resulted in a man being airlifted to New Providence for medical assistance due to limited resources on the island.

Dr Darville, who was on Bimini at the time of the incident, was able to assist the victim who sustained serious gunshot injuries.

Photos of the victim being taken to the clinic on the back of a truck circulated on social media, reigniting public concern.

Bimini and West Grand Bahama MP Obie Wilchcombe told reporters the victim had to be taken for medical care on the truck because the island’s ambulance had been out of order.

Mr Darville told reporters on Tuesday: “Well, you know Bimini like all of the Family Islands are in need of infrastructural upgrades to the clinics and more manpower resources on the ground. The incident in Bimini was very unfortunate. A lot of socially related issues need to be addressed at all levels, at the community level, at the government level and even at the churches.

“But I say to all the residents in the Family Islands, the time has come for the government to look very closely at the services being provided and ensure there is equity in the system. At some of our far-flung southern islands, we need to do a lot more and we are definitely working towards that.”

“We are now in discussions with architects, not to the contractor level but architects and quantity surveyors to try to determine what our next step is going to be and how we’re going to move swiftly to repair a lot of those clinics and improve the manpower resources on our island so that we can deliver a better quality healthcare and for it to be on par with the type of healthcare we give on Grand Bahama and New Providence,” the minister also said.

Healthcare workers stationed on the Family Islands have long been calling for additional resources and upgrades to infrastructure in public health.

Earlier this year, The Tribune reported that nurses in Abaco called in sick in protest of the lack of safety protocols, security and unsanitary conditions at the Marsh Harbour Clinic.

Since being elected to office, Dr Darville has maintained the government remains committed to improving healthcare in the country.

He also revealed his ministry’s plans to expand services on Abaco and Exuma.

“In The Bahamas, we have 91 clinics,” he said earlier this week. “We are a unique country with an archipelago that extends almost a thousand miles and we have to duplicate healthcare services on all these islands that are populated. It’s a very costly thing to do and we believe that by putting the right logistics in place, we would be able to deal with very serious cases rapidly and save lives.

“But we’re working at our two mini clinics – the clinic in Exuma and in Abaco - and trying to determine how to utilise those clinics more effectively rather than flying the individual to Nassau. There are some cases that can actually go to our mini clinics and get access to services and to be able to go right back into the community swiftly and reduce the cost of air ambulance service throughout the country so a lot of things we’re looking at as it relates to the logistics and how we can better manage healthcare delivery systems particularly in our southern islands.”

Comments

joeblow 6 days, 2 hours ago

... our healthcare system is an abysmal failure because those who lead it are incapable of independent thought, they simply copycat what other countries are doing instead of THINKING about how to solve problems!! Sad!

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ThisIsOurs 5 days, 12 hours ago

So within the last day the announcement came out about the SA variant and immediately countries started cutting off travel to SA and neighbouring countries. And once again, once one country does it, all the other follows like a marching band.

Here's the problem with that reactive approach.... the horse already out the gate. From the time we saw cases on the rise in Europe, we should have all been thinking variant, I know I was. And it only takes Patient-0 to kick off a spike on unsuspecting foreign soil.

We could party in isolation till thy kingdom come without a spike in cases, we saw that between November 2020 straight up to March 2021. As soon as there was a spike in travel, like clockwork we had a spike on deaths Then we saw it happen the 4th time with homeporting

We need a different approach. The last administration refused to recognize the risk of travel and refused to implement appropriate controls

This variant is said to be resistant to the vaccine. We have 60% obesity. Protect your people by monitoring the borders effectively. We need tourism but dont lay down and let it walk over graves

The SA may already be here

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tribanon 5 days, 12 hours ago

Time to tax all of the greasy fast food enterprises in the Bahamas out-of-business. That one single act alone would do wonders for the health and well-being of our society. Even macaroni & cheese, peas n' rice, fried fish, fried conch fritters and fried crack conch dishes are better for the Bahamian people than the very unhealthy junk food served by the foreign branded fast food enterprises.

At the same time tax out-of-business the money-laundering web shop and online gaming enterprises operated by the numbers thugs like Sebas Bastian and Craig Flowers. Then establish a National Lottery with the help of Florida Lotto experts to help fund our grossly under-resourced and dysfunctional public education and public health systems.

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ThisIsOurs 5 days, 10 hours ago

ok. I always say about the lotto thing, if they dont know what they doing with it before they get it and they dole out that going into the consolidated fund nonsense, that lotto money will go the way of the neighbourhood Tyrannosaurus rex

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carltonr61 5 days, 7 hours ago

Omicron has been named. Not sure if vaccines work on it.

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tribanon 4 days, 10 hours ago

The evil and sinister Dr. Fauci announced today with a wry smile on his face that the new highly contagious COVID variant known as Omicron is already in the U.K. and may already be in the U.S., just in time for the Christmas Season. And of course the non-stop talking heads on the repetitious U.S. cable TV talk shows, i.e. CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc., are eating it all up as breaking news of the best kind that let's them wag their tongues ad nauseam. I guess they haven't figured out yet that if you unscramble the letters to the name OMICRON you get the word MORONIC. How appropriate. LMAO

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