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Dr Duane Sands, Minister of Health. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

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Waiting is over for 25 nurses

TWENTY-FIVE nurses received their job appointment letters from the Ministry of Health after waiting for more than a year. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said it represented the end of an unfo

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Suicidal thoughts - 17,000 have them

MORE than 17,000 Bahamians “seriously considered” attempting suicide in the last year, according to the Ministry of Health’s recently conducted STEP survey.

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Sands hails progress on nursing concerns

HEALTH Minister Duane Sands said yesterday his ministry has made significant headway on nursing concerns, particularly on outstanding payments.However, it remains unclear whether its most contentious point of dispute over changes to the nurses’ shift

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Breadbasket items list to include healthier goods

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has promised more healthy changes are on the horizon for the breadbasket list - after wide public consultation.Dr Sands underscored the Minnis administration’s commitment to fully vetting proposed changes, adding they w

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Sands ‘concern’ over mum-to-be’s PMH ordeal

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has responded to a viral post on social media regarding the ordeal a mother had while delivering her baby in the public maternity ward of Princess Margaret Hospital late last month.

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Fees to rise - including morgue fees

A VARIETY of Public Hospitals Authority fees will be likely raised in the new fiscal year, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Minister of Health set to attend World Health Month activities in Freeport

IN observance of World Health Month, a number of activities have been planned in Freeport to sensitise the public about health initiatives and challenges with global implications.The Grand Bahama Health Services World Health Committee has announced t

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Breadbasket list overhaul 'welcomed'

WHILE the government’s proposed overhaul of the national breadbasket list is expected to negatively impact revenue intake for retailers, it is a move welcomed by grocers, Philip Beneby Sr, president of the Bahamas Retailers Association told The Tribu

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Sands: $6.6m for clinic to see five patients a day

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday accused the former administration of going forward with the $6.6m upgrade to the Smith’s Bay Clinic in Cat Island despite a nearly 40 per cent decline in visits to clinics on that island in the past decade.

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Bodies in bathtubs

WHEN anyone is declared dead on Cat Island they are stuffed into a body bag, placed in a bathtub and blanketed with ice to slow the process of decomposition, The Tribune has been told.

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Minister of Health opens GB Family Medicine conference

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands opened the first Grand Bahama Family Medicine Conference held at the Pelican Bay Resort on Thursday for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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‘Sin tax’ sacrifice needed to fund NHI

HEALTH officials will recommend to Cabinet that a sin tax be imposed to pay for National Health Insurance, possibly impacting the cost of items like alcohol, tobacco, lard and substances containing high-fructose corn syrup, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Elective surgeries resume at PMH

ELECTIVE surgeries at Princess Margaret Hospital resumed yesterday following last week’s bed shortage crisis, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.Health officials on Friday announced elective surgeries had to be suspended that day due to an u

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Sands aims to tackle ‘horrible’ healthcare

EMERGENCY services throughout the country will undergo “major changes very soon,” according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who once again decried the “horrible realities” of the public health care system.

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Marijuana issue ‘not on agenda’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands reiterated yesterday that legalising marijuana is not on the Minnis administration’s agenda.

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Nutrition policy to stop people 'dropping like flies'

THE government yesterday launched a national food and nutrition security policy (FNSP) and plan of action.The initiative seeks to combat the nutritional challenges facing the country. These include undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and hig

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Sands willing to meet funeral directors after fees hike

THE government can no longer permit “free passes” in the health services sector due to huge revenue deficits, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who yesterday said he was willing to meet with irate funeral directors in response to their protest outside of the Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday.

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Sands: No active cases of TB at RM Bailey High School

HEALTH officials do not believe there are any active cases of tuberculosis at R M Bailey Senior High School despite 28 students and eight teachers testing positive for the disease, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday.

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Ten positive for TB at RM Bailey

TEN people, eight staff members and two students, have tested positive for tuberculosis at R M Bailey Senior High in New Providence, Health Minister Dr Sands confirmed yesterday.

UPDATED: Screening for school as pupil gets TB

THE Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health are investigating a case of tuberculosis (TB) in a student at R M Bailey Senior High in New Providence.

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'We are part of US opioid problem'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday flagged concerns the country’s pharmaceutical industry was complicit in the raging opioid crisis afflicting the United States.Dr Sands referenced pockets of opioid dependence in the country, stating while it d

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Sands: Be honest on domestic violence

BAHAMIANS need to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding crimes against women and children, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands urged yesterday, as he noted linkages of such acts to violence in school and the wider community.


birdiestrachan 3 years, 3 months ago

This fellow loves to be in the news.


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