Grand Bahama NEEDS a NEW Hospital NOW. Our Lives and Businesses depend on this happening

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The island of Grand Bahama is home to over 50,000 Bahamians and residents.  The health of these persons is at stake each day that they have to live on an island, that is isolated from the capital, where there is an absence of a fully-functioning hospital for these persons to access.

The Prime Minister of the country has the absolute power to Order that a state-of-the-art hospital be built on the island of Grand Bahama.  This Order by the Prime Minister should be done with swift and immediate action.  We have seen these Powers exercised during the COVID-19 crisis.

Just recently the Prime Minister saw to the creation of a new ministry, the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction.  At that time he should have demanded that the new Ministry saw to the construction of a newly-built state-of-the-art hospital within 4-6 months.  If this was done, then the residents of Grand Bahama would have had better healthcare infrastructure during a complete country lock-down because of COVID-19. 


Here are some other reasons why a state-of-the-art Hospital on Grand Bahama is urgently needed:

  1. Grand Bahama is the industrial center for The Bahamas.  Although we have been fortunate to have very few and minor industrial accidents, we should have these facilities in place in the unlikely event an accident occurs.
  2. Grand Bahama needs a serious injection of foreign investment.  Investors will feel comfortable knowing that they are investing on an island that has proper healthcare facilities on island, and they will not have to jump on a plane for proper treatment for their family members or staff.
  3. If something serious happens to Nassau, the capital, then the option to use the Grand Bahama hospital as an alternative will keep the integrity of the country's healthcare system intact. 
  4. The National Health Insurance (NHI) program will have a functioning government-owned facility on Grand Bahama with all proper divisions at one location.

“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.
-- Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General
10 December 2017