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Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Legal marijuana? No time soon

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is monitoring global trends in the decriminalisation and legalisation of marijuana, but doubted the Bahamas would “follow suit” in the immediate future.

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Breadbasket review for healthier lifestyles

THE Ministry of Health is in the process of reviewing the current breadbasket food items list with the view of removing “unhealthy food” from this category and replacing them “with healthier options,” according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who said the initiative could drastically improve the “horrible health profiles” of Bahamians.

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HFM outbreak ‘will get worse’

AN outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is affecting young children in the country, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.

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Minnis backs Sands’ surgery

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis praised Health Minister Dr Duane Sands as an “exemplary public servant” yesterday, in response to criticism levelled at him for voluntarily performing surgeries while working in government.

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Nurses quit for high US salaries

AMERICAN recruiters are poaching Bahamian nurses from the country’s cash-strapped public healthcare system, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who said 70 nurses have left this month.

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Sands: Dialysis treatment at PMH ‘challenged, expensive’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday denied machines were out of service in the Dialysis Unit at the Princess Margaret Hospital but admitted the current system of treatment is “challenged and extremely expensive.”

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Medical Association president says Minister's NHI statements 'confusing'

MEDICAL Association of the Bahamas President Dr Sy Pierre yesterday called Health Minister Dr Duane Sands’ proclamation that a revised National Health Insurance scheme will be relaunched before year-end “confusing.”Calling on Dr Sands to clarify the

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Medical aid to be volunteers

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government intends to recruit medical professionals on a voluntary basis to assist Dominica.

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Tough decisions ahead over evacuation as Maria nears

AS category five Hurricane Maria approaches the Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the government is faced with a “gut wrenching” decision regarding if it should ask residents of the southern islands to evacuate ahead of the storm.

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Patients are trapped by lack of funds

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is still trying to decide what it can afford to do regarding the homeless patients who are lodged at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Hospital bed petition wins Sands’ support

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday he “fully supports” a recently launched petition urging the government to increase the number of beds and improve the service at the Rand Memorial Hospital  in Grand Bahama.

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Sands steps in on nurses owed $1m

ABOUT 45 nurses were working for months without the salary and benefits full-time government employees expect, a predicament Health Minister Dr Duane Sands found "heartbreaking" and said he has moved to remedy.

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HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the planned renovation for the Maternity Ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital is “not good enough” and he is pushing for a new ward to be built rather than “attempting to upgrade” the old existing building.

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Beds crisis leaves sick in hallways

SCORES of patients are being forced to sleep on gurneys in the hallways at the Princess Margaret Hospital, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who told The Tribune yesterday the hospital is continuing to have significant challenges with overcrowding and a shortage of beds.

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FNM 'taking steps to correct' problems in NHI scheme

NEARLY a week after he admitted the National Health Insurance scheme’s “non-existent checks and balances” have left taxpayers totally exposed to fraud, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday insisted the Minnis administration was in the process of

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$18m health information system to be launched next year

THE official launch of a new, multi-million dollar integrated health information system is expected to take place in the Summer of next year, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed on Friday.

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No moves to legalise marijuana

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday shot down any notion that the Minnis administration is currently considering the decriminalisation of marijuana or legalisation of the drug for medicinal or recreational purposes.

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$11m in clinics for six patients per day

The Minister of Health yesterday pledged to “maximise value for the Bahamian public” after revealing the former administration’s planned $11 million investment in new Cat Island clinics would benefit just six patients per day.Dr Duane Sands told Trib

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Dames: No witch hunt, police act on evidence

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands suggested yesterday additional bombshell arrests may be on the horizon once police are able to gather evidence on the myriad of allegations brought to officials.

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Health HQ not fit for workers

THE Ministry of Health has lost more than $150,000 worth of productivity because of “serious challenges” with a badly leaking roof and a faulty air-conditioner at its Meeting Street headquarters, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.

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Contracts of 21 NHI workers ended as part of effort to ‘streamline costs’

AFTER it was revealed that 21 customer service representatives from the National Health Insurance Secretariat have been let go, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that it is “difficult to rationalise an excess number of individuals being paid and not providing a benefit to the Bahamian public”.

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Cancer treatment centre is planned for Grand Bahama

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has revealed that a cancer treatment centre will be created in Grand Bahama so patients can receive chemotherapy on the island instead of having to go to New Providence.He indicated that cancer services should be ava

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Govt considering laws to let women with cancer gene keep insurance

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said he is looking at how best the government can draft legislation to prevent persons who test positive for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations, which increase a woman’s chances of developing cancer, from being denied health insurance.


baldbeardedbahamian 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Marijuana is illegal because a white racist American government bureaucrat wanted to keep himself employed after the repeal of prohibition. Harry Anslinger was his name. He thought only Mexicans and black Americans smoked reefer and so both minority groups he considered legitimate targets for repressive laws. It is ironic that a black majority country like ours panders to this racist's view. We need more people who know history.


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