PM: Govt is seeking more psychiatric aid for Hurricane Dorian survivors

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis.

PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis.


PRIME Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis says his administration is seeking to engage more psychiatrists and psychologists to have them speak with Hurricane Dorian survivors who may still be suffering from trauma associated with the deadly storm.

Mr Davis comments comes as the country observes Dorian memorial week, which ends September 4.

Events planned for the week include a Dorian memorial service, a wreath laying ceremony and several memorial concerts that are scheduled to be held on Abaco, Grand Bahama as well as New Providence.

However, the government has received heavy backlash over the events, specifically the manner in which they are being held and the terms that were previously used to describe it, for which officials have since apologised.

Yesterday, Mr Davis responded to continued criticisms of his administration over the events, saying “I think the concern was because of the use of the word ‘celebration’ and I never used the word celebration.”

He added: “As I’ve indicated to the press before, we are commemorating one of the most tragic events are country has experienced and we need to continue to remind ourselves of those events because people are still healing.”

“We still have to identify some of those bodies that were laid in the mass grave. We are still trying to sort that out. We have lessened the period of time for the presumption of death to bring closure in respect to the person’s bank accounts and to be able to deal with inheritance issues, insurance issues and we did that and so that’s one step towards assisting and bringing relief.”

Mr Davis also said: “The more important thing for me in respect to all of this is the mental health of persons traumatised by the events so we have to be sensitive always and, yes, we get exuberant and carried away with our language at times but words do matter and we need to be careful with the words that we use and even though it would’ve, it was an unintended consequence, I hope that those know that there are some lessons learnt on the manner of which we speak and that we be sensitive to the healing process people go through, particularly after a traumatic event like Hurricane Dorian.”

Asked yesterday how the government was assisting those still suffering from trauma related to Dorian, Mr Davis added: “We are seeking, the Minister of Health is seeking to engage more psychiatrists and psychologists and making them available to persons to call and talk to their challenges and that’s one of the things that we’re doing.”

Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco on September 1, 2019, as a Category 5 hurricane before barreling toward Grand Bahama.

Three years later, the islands remain in recovery mode.

According to Prime Minister Davis, work continues to restore the storm impacted islands to normalcy.

“We have been providing relief and we have been identifying the areas of which we can lend immediate relief. Some are more long term than short term. For example, housing in Grand Bahama and in Abaco are acutely short, particularly Abaco,” he added.

“And so we have started a housing programme. Houses are being built there. We are just now resolving the dome city where we are asking persons to move from those places so we can move those domes to build more homes at that site and in addition to that, we are providing some assistance to them to be able to take care of themselves in another place until we find alternative residences for them.”


tribanon 1 year, 9 months ago

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tribanon 1 year, 9 months ago

Geez, give me a break!

All I said was that roly-poly Davis should be seeking to engage for himself (personally) a first-class team of psychiatrists and psychologists.

realfreethinker 1 year, 9 months ago

Them are really touchous ya know

JackArawak 1 year, 9 months ago

These buffoons who wear dark suits in the summer sun are clueless.

carltonr61 1 year, 9 months ago

The greatest psychological damage upon The Bahamian statehood remains the shamful suppression at a national level on help for the victims of gambling addiction which accounts for all the ills experienced during the cocaine eighties only now the gambling drug is being taxed. Social Service's are dishing out four times government funds as it receives from gaming taxes. Political connection ghost consultants boys clubs of well paid empty plates continue yo feed and to lead with a full slate of nothing fruitpunch to elevate our nation. Entrenched repeat disastrous figurehead s I'd showpiece statues continue a revolving door of incessant and endemic non production which leads to wherever. Private sector Academic Professional input are merely hacked by operatives robbing The Bahamas of its ability to elevate but remain a nation of academic suppression ensuring the gravy stays on the plates of those seated at the spinning circular table like a nut stuck on a well worn out screw. Without threads on this screw our nation will go nowhere and say nothing but dress coat for TV.

carltonr61 1 year, 9 months ago

The artful window dressing with high paying consultant coat suits full of hot air cannot advance The Bahamas' efforts to bring crime down while the life of our community with be left for gambling scavengers to further eat away souls fermenting deeper deeper family decay frustrations, anger and violence due to poverty. A government that may be showing signs based on the 'Minnis Effect' and not true policy substance has brought the sound of silence and a sense of hopeless bewilderment as old tried and born sterile actors further enshrine us in a darkening fog suppressing meaningful progress.

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