March 5, 2019
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands.
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THE Ministry of Health is still assessing what to do with some $70m worth of “dubious” contracts the Christie administration left in place, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed that initial estimates of the total value of repairs and renovations of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama would be in the region of some $20 million.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed another imported case of measles in a three-year-old tourist on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters outside of Cabinet, Dr Sands said the Ministry of Health has continued with its vaccination programme to combat t
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said there will be no fast-food tax or any additional new taxes this fiscal year.
A FURIOUS legal battle is brewing over an $18m Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) contract that a Cabinet minister admitted has “crashed” and delivered zero value for taxpayers and patients alike.
A Cabinet minister yesterday said the public health system’s $100m post-Dorian rebuild will likely create a “more efficient model” on the impacted islands, adding: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Trib
GOVERNING party MPs called for a change to “archaic” parliamentary rules yesterday, with some expressing concern that the Minnis administration could be perceived as swaying toward the side of dictatorship and possible censorship of the country’s free press.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said discussions have started regarding possibly changing the seven-year official death declaration timeline for missing people, adding special considerations should be made in storm-related cases.Speaking to reporters
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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”.
'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
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.
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
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.
MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel has been the talk of the town since her inability to read a seven-figure number in Parliament last week.
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.”
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”.
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.
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”.
However, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday he is uncertain if a suicide hotline is effective in reducing such incidents.
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.
THE governing Free National Movement has “lost some ground” since the 2017 general election, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“EVERYBODY wants it,” is how Health Minister Dr Duane Sands described the boom in cannabis-derived products hitting shelves locally.
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.
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.