Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PM as New Minister of Health in COVID-19 Fight

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis temporarily fills the position after Dr. Duane Sands’ resignation

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is the temporary Minister of Health.

Cabinet announced in a press statement late Tuesday evening that Dr. Minnis will “temporarily assume responsibility for the portfolio of Health, effective immediately.”

This comes after Dr. Duane Sands resigned from his position as Minister of Health following a “breach in protocol,” surrounding the delivery of COVID-19 test swabs into the country and the landing of permanent residents during the national lock down.

On Monday, Dr. Minnis said he accepted the resignation of Dr. Sands, who has held the post of Minister of Health since 2017.

Last month in calling for to private doctors to join the fight against COVID19, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he was prepared to join healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle if necessary.

Dr. Minnis said, “Help us in this fight against COVID-19. We all took a solemn oath to save and to protect human lives.”

“During this hour of great need, I urge more of my former colleagues to join in this fight.

“You would all remember when the AIDS epidemic hit our shores. Many were afraid to touch or be near individuals who were diagnosed with AIDS.

“We in the health profession, recognizing our oath, we were not afraid. We cared for the patients, but we took the necessary precautions. We protected ourselves and and at the same time, managed our patients.

“I was with you then and if necessary, if I am needed, I will be with you again. After all, like you, I took the hippocratic oath,” he said.

Dr. Minnis served as Minister of Health under former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

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