April 12, 2019
The implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance Plan, coupled with the Urgent and Emergency Care Projects at the Princess Margaret Hospital and some of the Community Health Clinics in New Providence, and the ongoing upgrades to many of the Family Island Health facilities place The Bahamas well on the way to ensuring the best in health services for all, Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane E.L. Sands said.
Addressing a World Health Day Observance held Thursday (April 4, 2019) in the Courtyard of the Ministry of Health, Poinciana Hill, Meeting Street, Dr. Sands said the National Health Insurance Authority has been working diligently to construct a plan that can lead The Bahamas successfully down the path to a shared responsibility in Universal Health care.
He said all stakeholders were given an opportunity to voice their concerns, opinions and recommendations to the plan. Submissions were made during town hall meetings, via email, telephone and letters to the Authority.
“In January 2019, the feedback from various sub-sections across The Bahamas led to the creation of a more comprehensive document,” Dr. Sands said. “The plan presents a sustainable approach to quality and affordable healthcare for all Bahamians, provided by proficient health professionals.”
The Health Minister said when the public and private sectors can collaborate and commit to positively transforming the country’s healthcare system, it improves the nation's overall well-being.
“I am encouraged, that many stakeholders have gathered here today to recognize World Health Day. When the public and private sectors can collaborate and commit to positively transforming the healthcare system in this country, it truly impacts the health and the wealth of our nation. Everyone, everywhere should be able to have his or her healthcare needs meet without discrimination, difficulty or financial detriment. The Bahamas stands in solidarity with the rest of the world and will continuously strive for first-class health services for all,” Dr. Sands added.
The Bahamas got a jump-start on the celebrations surrounding World Health Day Thursday. Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) officially celebrate World Health Day on Sunday, April 7. The theme for this year is: “Universal Health-Everyone, Everywhere.” World Health Day has been used since 1950 to commemorate the founding of WHO and its commitment to bringing health awareness and improvement to the global forefront.
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands, at podium, and health officials in the audience at World Health Day recognition ceremony on Thursday at the Ministry of Health. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)
By Matt Maura