May 5, 2020
Dr Duane Sands
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An ex-Cabinet minister yesterday warned “we blow everything up” if an estimated $2bn in unfunded civil service pension liabilities is added to the national debt, adding: “We never thought judgment day would come.”
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says while Princess Margaret Hospital is capable of handling the recent increase of COVID cases, the situation could potentially cause “implications and repercussions” for patients and staff of the medical facility.
A former Cabinet minister yesterday added his voice to those opposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, telling Tribune Business: “Better to use a carrot than a stick.”
FORMER Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands believes the country has reached a point where “draconian interventions” might be needed to bring rising COVID-19 cases under control, saying the number of cases recorded in the last few days have been “frightening”.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said “now is not the time for leniency” as officials continue to investigate several people who attempted to travel domestically using falsified COVID-19 RT PCR test results.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said politicians are damaging their credibility by campaigning and hosting political events with large gatherings while COVID-19 rules are still in place.
Doctors Hospital’s proposed Freeport “flagship” with the Cleveland Clinic is “exactly what the doctor ordered” to revive the Bahamian economy post-COVID, an ex-Cabinet minister asserted yesterday.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has expressed confidence that he will be ratified as the Free National Movement’s Elizabeth candidate for the next general election.
The Bahamas will face a healthcare “disaster” if National Health Insurance (NHI) does not fulfill its potential, an ex-health minister has warned, urging: “We must get past this ‘deep state’ debate.”
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has suggested the government move away from RT-PCR tests as the gold standard to determine COVID-19 infection and instead embrace “newer technology” that he says is cheaper to operate.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says a successful coronavirus vaccination programme hinges on the launch of a comprehensive public education campaign that addresses the concerns of Bahamians.
WITH a new strain of COVID-19 spreading in parts of England, Health Minister Renward Wells said while there are no immediate plans to impose a travel ban against the UK, officials will continue to closely monitor the situation.
‘VACCINES MUST NOT BE RUSHED’: Sands urges caution as U.S. starts rollout for new drugs to combat COVID
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says The Bahamas should conduct its own independent investigation into new COVID-19 vaccines.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said he believes the Free National Movement can win the next general election with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis at the helm of the organisation, though he cautioned that the party faces challenges.
AFTER New Providence and Abaco spent the weekend in lockdown, former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said the country needs a national reset to deal with the rising COVID-19 cases which are “at least twice the amount” reported.
A former Cabinet minister last night confirmed the Government showed "no interest" in a proposal made "months ago" to significantly ramp-up COVID-19 testing during the pandemic's early stages.
Dr Duane Sands yesterday warned that current COVID-19 infection rates would "knock us out of the tourism market" as he called for a "radical change" in The Bahamas' approach to fighting the virus.
ELIZABETH MP Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the county was not winning the battle against COVID-19, despite ongoing Emergency Powers Orders that the government now seeks to extend.
WAYNE Munroe, QC said yesterday Elizabeth MP Dr Duane Sands’ stance against an extension of the state of emergency is “late”, but he cannot be faulted for finally seeing that no one man should have the power to dictate what an entire country does.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the potential exposure of dozens of government officials to a House of Assembly staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 warrants a full investigation by public health officials.
Sands accuses govt of blundering by: • Having no coherent plan to tackle crisis • Vilifying public for COVID spread
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said Monday’s sudden lockdown and subsequent policy reversal will make it “infinitely more difficult for the government now to win the public confidence again”.
FORMER Minnis administration Cabinet ministers Dr Duane Sands and Brent Symonette appeared unconvinced yesterday by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ decision to close beaches during the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend. In a robust defense
FORMER Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands acknowledged that he has aspirations to one day become leader of the Free National Movement.
AN ABACO resident yesterday lambasted the timing of former Health Minister Dr Duane’s Sands comments which criticised how the government handled Hurricane Dorian victims that went missing after the storm.
POLICE lists show that 279 people are still missing after Hurricane Dorian, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands assailed the Minnis administration’s handling of people who went missing after Hurricane Dorian yesterday, saying the credibility of the government has been hurt by how the matter has been handled.
BAHAMIANS have mixed views on Dr Duane Sands’ resignation from Cabinet this week. Raleigh Francis, an insurance executive, feels Dr Sands “got played by political operatives”. “Dr Sands could not have been the only man involved. He got played by po
No one was pleased when news broke that two permanent residents were allowed to enter Nassau early last week while the borders were closed. It was said these people brought 2500 COVID-19 testing swabs – not testing kits – which were donations.
PAMELA Hart, chairman of the Free National Movement’s Elizabeth constituency branch, reacted with sadness to Dr Duane Sands’ resignation from Cabinet and vowed the group will continue to support him as its MP.