The Hon. Renward Wells
Minister of Health
COVID-19 Update Press Conference
The Ministry of Health
Friday, 24 July, 2020
Throughout this crisis, the Ministry of Health has worked to make improvements across our archipelago with the keen awareness that COVID-19 could emerge on any of our islands.
In this second wave cases have emerged related to people from other islands.
I must send this clear message to the people of all islands of The Bahamas, including our Family Islands that were not affected during the first wave.
It is critically important for our Family Island residents to keep disciplined.
As there was transit between islands and international visitors since our opening up, cases can emerge in places spared during the past few months.
To Bahamians and residents on New Providence, Grand Bahama and our entire family of islands please adhere to the advice:
On New Providence, all of the primary healthcare facilities, inclusive of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, Fleming Street, Blue Hill Road, Adolescent Health Center, Ann’s Town, Fox Hill, Gambier, and Adelaide Clinics, have identified a space for the temporary isolation of patients suspected of COVID-19.
Once the assessments are completed the patient would be referred to the South Beach Health Center, the Princess Margaret Hospital, or Doctors Hospital West if necessary.
In some locations, we are working to expand and improve facilities for the isolation and quarantine of cases as is necessary to meet the needs of the related community.
Infrastructure work is needed at various sites. I have taken on the task of ensuring that whatever works are needed will be expedited in the shortest possible time.
As our Chief Medical Officer and her team lead the medical response to this crisis, while working with them on those matters,I am leading an aggressive campaign to ensure all healthcare upgrades and infrastructure projects move forward immediately.
As the new Minister, I want to say how impressed I am at the talent of this health team.
If we slacken up and more virus spreads, more cases expose them to sickness in our healthcare facilities.
We will not return to a more normal way of life until there is a vaccine – and it is unclear when one will emerge.
Our success during the first wave resulted from you following the good advice of our public health team.
The more disciplined we are, the faster we will end this second wave.
I now introduce to you the Most Honorable Prime Minister who will update you further.