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HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Restoring Rand after storm will cost $19m

IT WILL cost roughly $19m to return Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama to working condition following Hurricane Dorian, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed yesterday.

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UPDATED: Death toll reaches 52

FRIDAY UPDATE: New information on autopsies was released on Friday, which indicated that two children (one girl and one boy) were among the dead in Abaco.

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42 autopsies completed - death toll now at 52

OFFICIALS have now completed autopsies on 42 Hurricane Dorian victims, allowing some families to begin the process toward closure, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.While there are efforts to complete this aspect of handling Dorian victim

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Restoration under way - but several clinics already open

RESTORATION efforts of healthcare services in both Abaco and Grand Bahama are currently being carried out. Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said several health care facilities in Abaco and Grand Bahama are operational despite the damage brought by

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Families unable to identify loved ones during strike

FAMILIES who cannot identify their loved ones, complaints in the maternity ward, and patients being turned away from public clinics — these are all the effects of the Bahamas Doctors Union’s strike, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands and other health pro

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Childhood obesity sparks drinks ban

THE Ministry of Health will ban the sale of sugary drinks from all of its nearly 80 nationwide institutions, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Officials to boost ebola awareness

THE Ministry of Health is enhancing its Ebola preparedness protocol after the World Health Organisation declared a recent outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that though it is

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'Tremendous progress' in reduction of HIV/AIDS cases

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said while the country has seen “tremendous progress” in the reduction of HIV/AIDS cases annually, there is still much more work to be done before both viruses can be completely “eliminated”.

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'The PHA would not have issued a statement about possible sabotage if it didn't have clear and (irrefutable) evidence'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands is maintaining that the Public Hospitals Authority would not have issued a statement about a suspected sabotage attack unless it had “clear” and “irrefutable” evidence to support this claim. Dr Sands made these comment

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'Decision on NHI catastrophic care expansion still six months away'

WHILE stressing the government’s commitment to fully implement National Health Insurance, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said it will be another six months before a decision is made about when the scheme can be expanded to include catastrophic care.

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Sea lice warning issued for beachgoers

THE MINISTRY of Health has issued an advisory warning beachgoers following an eruption of sea lice and jellyfish bites. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said officials received many complaints about sea lice and released the statement to educate the p

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Sands ‘open to’ higher breadbasket margins

A Cabinet minister yesterday hinted the Government may permit higher margins than allowed by traditional price controls on its new “breadbasket” foods line-up due to the rise in perishables.

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ALICIA WALLACE: When things don’t add up we need to change them

MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel has been the talk of the town since her inability to read a seven-figure number in Parliament last week.

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Sands defends MICAL MP from 'unacceptable bullying'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel amid criticism following a recent verbal blunder she had in the House of Assembly, calling the public commentary surrounding the ordeal “unacceptable bullying.”

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Sands outlines surge in NHI uptake

THE NATIONAL Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas has enrolled 56,000 beneficiaries to-date according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed In Parliament yesterday, while nothing that universal heath care and national health insurance remains “unfinished business”.

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Dr Sands: Increased collection of fees likely for healthcare demands

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands forecast "increased collection of gazetted fees” to meet healthcare demands but insisted no one is going to be denied care in its facilities — particularly the destitute.

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‘Don’t shoot the messenger - there are laws'

AS the government’s crackdown on CBD products also forces out dairy alternative hemp milk and protein powders, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says “don’t shoot the messenger”.

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Suicide hotline ‘not a priority’

However, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday he is uncertain if a suicide hotline is effective in reducing such incidents.

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INSIGHT: Why are we so intent on being a latecomer to the legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana?

WHILE the US and Canada are raking in billions in profits from the marijuana industry, the Bahamian government continues to drag its feet on the issue. Since the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana held a town meeting nearly a year and a half ago, there has been little to no movement on the matter.

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‘We’ve lost ground but no panic’

THE governing Free National Movement has “lost some ground” since the 2017 general election, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Fee rises targeted again to make up $40m PHA deficit

A Cabinet minister yesterday confirmed that the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is still targeting fee increases to make up a $40m funding shortfall in time for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Cannabis products are ‘still illegal’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday suggested there will be an official crackdown on the sale and use of CBD as he sent a strong warning to businesses and consumers that cannabis-derived products are still illegal.

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Ambulance shortage - we need more cash

IN the face of criticism regarding EMS response time to the collapse and death of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend, Health Minister Duane Sands yesterday could not confirm when health services will be acquiring more ambulances.

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‘Breadbasket’ food reforms to coincide with new budget

The long-awaited changes to the government’s “breadbasket” food line-up will likely “coincide” with the upcoming 2019-2020 budget, the minister of health has confirmed.

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$500m healthcare plant need requires ‘sustainable PPPs’

The Bahamas can only turn to private-public partnerships (PPP) to help finance its “$500m or more” public healthcare infrastructure needs if there is “a sustainable way” to pay for them.

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Don't be alarmed by TB figures, says Sands

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday that of almost 200 people screened for tuberculosis in two government schools, skin tests for 20 of them have come back from the lab positive. However, he said this is nothing to be alarmed about.

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Cannabis products? Everybody wants them, says Sands

“EVERYBODY wants it,” is how Health Minister Dr Duane Sands described the boom in cannabis-derived products hitting shelves locally.

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Cabinet demands answers on NHI

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) must “give it another go” after failing to win Cabinet approval for the scheme at the first try, a minister revealed yesterday.

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Sands sets ‘HIV free’ deadline

BAHAMIAN officials have made a commitment to being the first country by 2030 to eradicate the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), especially in regaining footing as the world’s leader in low mother-to-child transmission.

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bogart 6 months, 1 week ago

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