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Social Services Ministry – Mapping of resources for implementation of Gender-Based Violence Family Island Coordinated Council

The MOSSUD Department of Gender and Family Affairs in collaboration with Abaco Island Administrators and the Bahamas Crisis Center, July 20-22, 2022 conducted five community meetings in south, central and north Abaco for Abaco Government and non-Government  leaders and community advocates to discuss issues related to the safety of survivors of abuse, outreach to perpetrators of abuse to help them become productive citizens, and for the mapping of services and resources for the projected implementation of a Gender-Based Violence Family Island Coordinated Council.  It is anticipated that the council will create a multisectoral effective coordinated response for the prevention of violence in the communities, and help to strengthen the relevant institutions.

Farewell Courtesy Call on the Office of the Governor General by the British High Commissioner

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith received British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sarah Dickson in a Farewell Courtesy Call at the Office of the Governor General, on Monday, July 25, 2022.

PM Davis announces Multi-Agency Investigation Underway in Irregular Migrants Boating Deaths Incident

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis announced that a multi-agency investigation was underway to determine the full circumstances surrounding a suspected human smuggling operation, which has resulted in the deaths of Haitian migrants. “The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force responded to reports of a boating incident seven miles off New Providence just after 1 a.m., on Sunday July 24th, 2022,” Prime Minister Davis said at the press briefing, held at his office. “A rescue operation ensued immediately,” he added.  “Rescue teams recovered, sadly, 17 bodies from the water: 15 females, one male and an infant.  Twenty-five persons were rescued and were turned over to health officials for monitoring.” Also taking part in the...

Two Prison Chapels Re-Dedicated

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Minister of National Security the Hon. Wayne Munroe and Permanent Secretary Cheryl Darville joined Acting Commissioner of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) Doan Cleare at the Re-dedication of Chapels at the Maximum and Medium Security Facilities, held at BDOCS, on July 22, 2022. Among those present included Deputy Commissioner Bernadette Thompson-Murray and senior BDOCS officers; Assistant Commissioner of Police Craig Stubbs and other senior police officers; Corrections Chaplain Rev. Dr. William Thompson; Royal Bahamas Police Force Chaplain Father Stephen Davies, and other members of the clergy, and corrections stakeholders. Ambassador to Cuba and former Prison Superintendent His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming also brought an inspirational...

Minister Darville Meets with Commonwealth Secretariat Senior Director

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director of Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat, in the UK, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Health and Wellness the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville at his ministry on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  Also present were Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs, and Dr. Philip Swann, Acting Chief Medical Officer. Talks focused on a number of health issues plaguing The Bahamas, the region and Commonwealth Member States namely Cervical Cancer and the aim to eliminate it by 2030, mental health issues, universal health care, catastrophic healthcare services and curbing the high incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).  Dr. Darville also spoke about a health adaptation plan to deal with Climate Change and the c...

Prime Minister Davis took to the stage with Lassie Doh rake ‘n’ scrape at Junkanoo Summer Fest

NASSAU, The Bahamas — At Junkanoo Summer Festival on Saturday, July 23, at Arawak Cay, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis took to the stage with Lassie Doh and the Boys Rake ‘n’ Scrape Band, exhibiting for visitors the unique experience of a different genre of music while in The Bahamas — much different from what they would have experienced at home. The Prime Minister also took time out to meet and greet vendors and Junkanoo Summer Festival attendees. He was accompanied by the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs; the Hon. Myles LaRoda, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister; the Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs; Leon Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary in t...

Bahamas Receives First Tranche of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children; Roll-out to begin July 28

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas received its first tranche of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, which will be available for children ages 5 to 11, as the country continues it vaccine rollout programme against the virus. The vaccines, 24,000 Pfizer doses, arrived in country at the Lynden Pindling International Airport onboard British Airways flight from London to Nassau on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Present for the handover were: the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness, who was accompanied by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Philip Davis; Dr. Philip Swann, Acting Chief Medical Officer; Nurse Ruth Bastian, Expanded Programme on Immunization Coordinator; Nurse Joyanne Wilson, Expanded Programme on Immunization; Dr. Gina Archer, Chief Pharmacist, Ministry of H...

Health Minister says many Bahamians are suffering from ‘long COVID’

FREEPORT, Grand Bahamas, The Bahamas — Minister of Health and Wellness, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville says there is something that is real in the country called long COVID, and it has affected many Bahamians who have been infected with COVID-19. Dr. Darville brought up the issue during an Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, July 21, 2022, for all of the volunteers who worked at the COVID-19 centers over the past few years. The event was held at the City of Life Entertainment Center. “We want to bring this issue to the forefront and I thought I would use this platform, while I’m thanking you, to say that there are individuals in our country, here in Grand Bahama, who are suffering from symptoms of long COVID. We need to bring it more to the forefront and do something about it in our heal...