October 4, 2018
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff
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A SUGARY drinks ban at government healthcare facilities and public schools will come into effect on December 1, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands. “People are killing themselves,” Dr Sands said bluntly of the rationale behind the ban yesterday.
WITH one in seven of the population suffering from diabetes, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands is urging Bahamians to make more healthy lifestyle choices to prevent getting the disease.
WITH cost of repairs to the Rand Memorial Hospital and Marsh Harbour Clinic said to be more than $20m, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands believes it is possible that the government will have to acquire additional loans to assist the recovery process in
BAHAMAS Doctors Union President Dr Melisande Bassett yesterday said Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has not lived up to the union’s “expectations”, urging the minister to be more “concerned” about junior doctors.
AS many as 25,000 people have no vaccination coverage for the highly infectious measles disease, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.The public’s vaccination rate remains at about 89 to 90 percent, but it could be better, the minister told
NEW healthy items will soon be added to the country’s breadbasket item list, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday that there has been a second case of measles in the country — this time in a 10-year-old tourist.
MINISTRY of Health employees had to forcibly open the window of a car on Friday to rescue an infant who had been left unattended in the government agency’s parking lot, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.
OFFICIALS are on “heightened” alert over the highly infectious measles disease as the country’s vaccination coverage remains at decreased levels, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
THE ongoing crisis in Venezuela poses serious health threats for the region, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who yesterday raised concerns about the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the Public Hospital Authority’s $1.2m monthly overtime bill could not continue “unchecked” as he defended the forecasted slowdown in overtime payments for healthcare workers.
CABINET could make a decision on the future of National Health Insurance before the next budget cycle, according to a hopeful Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.
OFFICIALS are targeting approximately 4,000 adults in the 2019 STEPS health survey, which began in select Family Islands yesterday.
The Bahamas “is as close as it has ever been to sustainable National Health Insurance (NHI)” with the Cabinet now awaiting the final report on recent stakeholder consultations.
DAYS after the Bahamas Doctors Union agreed to call off strike action to negotiate over outstanding holiday pay, junior doctors said the Public Hospitals Authority’s offer of $1.80 per hour was not generous but below minimum wage.
THE imminent threat of a strike by the Bahamas Doctors Union was called off yesterday on the assurance that “swift” resolution will be brought to junior doctors receiving outstanding holiday pay, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands told The Tribune yesterday.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands is advising wholesalers and retailers to pull cans of recalled Del Monte “fiesta corn” from their shelves, noting there is “no way” anything can be done to “make the product safe”.
THE number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the country has risen to four, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday confirmed that a new case of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has been documented locally.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the possibility of doctors withdrawing services is “looking less and less likely” as there continues to be “tremendous progress” in negotiations between the Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).
AT least two cases of swine flu resulting in one death have been documented in the country and it is possible there could be more but officials are unable to say for certain, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
A NUMBER of cases of swine flu have been reported in the Bahamas and one person has died from the illness, according to Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands who implored residents to get a flu vaccine.
The Government cannot finance National Health Insurance (NHI) from internal savings because waste and inefficiency is too “entrenched” in the public sector, a Cabinet minister has admitted.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business tha
Healthcare industry stakeholders were yesterday told by a Cabinet minister not to “pull any punches” by holding back on concerns over the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, said the proposal wa
All doctors, healthcare facilities and insurers must cut their fees if the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model is to succeed and be financially viable, a Cabinet minister has warned.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands on Monday announced the launch of the 2018 STEPS health survey in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).The survey, which is carried out globally in five year periods
BAHAMIANS have been warned that the drive towards affordable, quality healthcare for all will “stagnate” if they do not back the Government’s revised National Health Insurance model.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business it would
A Cabinet minister yesterday said the promised revision to the country’s 45 year-old breadbasket goods line-up will likely occur in January 2019.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, told Tribune Business that a public consultation tour over
A CONTRIBUTORY scheme in which the salaries of every employed Bahamian will be subject to a deduction of about two per cent each month was proposed yesterday by the National Health Insurance Authority as a means to pay for universal healthcare coverage for all, including children, elderly, and the unemployed.
The National Insurance Board (NIB) has been rejected as the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s administrator because its costs are simply too high, a Cabinet minister has revealed.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, who revealed the move at las
The Government plans to roll-out National Health Insurance (NHI) catastrophic care plans costing “as little as $1,000 per year” within the next three to four weeks, it was revealed yesterday.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health and national insurance,
THE government is preparing for push back more than 500 potential fee increases at the Princess Margaret Hospital to be implemented before year’s end, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, as he suggested civil servants may also be affected
THE Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired marked its 10th annual sight awareness month at the Mall at Marathon yesterday.
THE Bahamas Insurance Association says it is “uncertain at this time” if private insurers owe revenue to the Public Hospitals Authority due to the PHA’s inadequate billing system. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has said the PHA delivers as much as $4
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands is hoping a gambling addiction symposium to be held at the end of this month will provide assistance and “some remedy” to individuals and households affected by compulsive gambling. On Wednesday, Dr Sands said reports
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is still waiting for the University of the West Indies to provide it with the data of all Bahamian students who enrolled in the medical programme this semester.He said the government needs