Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PM Says He Won’t Be at Every Press Briefing

Dr. Hubert Minnis said he will give an update in different ways and at different places

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said do not expect to see him at every Ministry of Health press briefing.

Instead, Dr. Minnis said as the temporary Minister of Health, he will address the nation on COVID-19 from various platforms.

Speaking at the national address on Sunday, Dr. Minnis said, “As Prime Minister and temporarily Minister of Health, you will hear from me in various ways and in various places.

“Sometimes it will be in national addresses. Sometimes it will be in Parliament. Sometimes it will be at the Ministry of Health press briefings, or briefings at the Office of the Prime Minister,” he said.

Last-week, Dr. Minnis was noticeably absent from the Ministry of Health’s press briefing, after the resignation of Health Minister Duane Sands.

Dr. Minnis assumed the role as temporary Minister of Health after the resignation.

On Sunday, in his address, Dr. Minnis praised the public health team who remains at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight.

He said the public will continue to hear from the COVID-19 response team which is led by Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, a former Chief Medical Officer of The Bahamas, and a public health expert with knowledge and experience in epidemiology.

“Our country is blessed to have such a talented public health team. They are all highly capable. This stellar team will continue to keep Bahamians informed,” he said.

He said Dr. Dahl-Regis and the public health team have kept Bahamians informed on a regular basis as to what is happening with the pandemic, and have advised the government on measures to slow the spread of the virus, while enhancing the public health infrastructure to respond to COVID-19.

“As I noted last week, I will temporarily serve as Minister of Health until a new minister is appointed.

“It was my privilege to previously serve in this portfolio along with a number of the professionals now on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19,” Dr. Minnis said.

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