The government is talking with architects about upgrading and repairing healthcare facilities on the Family Islands, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville said.
“I say to all the residents in the Family Islands that the time has come for the government to look very closely at the services being provided and ensure that there is equity in the system,” Darville said.
“In some of our far-flung southern islands, we need to do a lot more. We are definitely working towards that.
“We’re now in discussions with architects – not to the contractor level – but architects and quantity surveyors to try to determine what our next steps are going to be and how we’re going to move swiftly to begin to repair a lot of those clinics and improve the manpower resources on our Family Islands, so that we can deliver better quality healthcare and for it to be on par with the type of healthcare we give in Grand
Bahama and New Providence.”
Darville’s comments come after a man was airlifted from Bimini to New Providence after he was shot last Thursday.
The minister, who was in Bimini at the time of the incident, described it as “unfortunate”.
“Being in Bimini was just a blessing for the young man because we were there,” Darville said.
“I was there but not alone. There were two other doctors with me, Dr. Nikkiah Forbes and another doctor from the Department of Public Health. We were fortunate. I was very pleased with the nursing staff.
“There was another internist there who resides in Bimini and, with the combination of the team, we were able to stabilize the patient – thank God – and we were able to get the patient to New Providence.”
Darville noted that the island, like many other Family Islands, is in need of infrastructural upgrades to its clinics and more manpower resources.