Measles outbreak confirmed by health officials

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Following tests, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday that the four-year-old child who was visiting The Bahamas from Europe was in fact infected with measles. Health officials said the infected child will remain hospitalized until he is no longer infectious. The Ministry of Health advised on Wednesday that they were investigating […]

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Suspected measles case reported by Min. of Health

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -The Ministry of Health advised on Wednesday that its public health team is presently investigating a suspected case of measles in a four-year-old child visiting The Bahamas. “On  February 18, 2019, the Ministry was notified of a child which presented to a private health care facility in New Providence with fever, red eyes, […]

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New deal inked to operate city dump

Landfill will now be called, ‘New Providence Ecology Park’   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A contract to own, operate and remediate the New Providence Sanitary Landfill, often referred to as the city dump, was signed between Waste Resources Development Group and government on Thursday. The contract takes effect in 30 days. The new company takes over […]

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More than 15,000 children still need to be vaccinated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – More than 15,000 children still need to be vaccinated, according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands. Addressing the press before heading to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Dr. sands said even though the law requires children to be vaccinated by a certain age because the penalty is only a $4 fine, most parents […]

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80% of Bahamians obese due to unhealthy food options

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Statistics have revealed that 80 per cent of Bahamians are obese, according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands, who referred to the figure as “disappointing” and is mainly due to bad lifestyle choices. The health minister said poor food options have also led to persons contracting diseases such as diabetes and […]

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Dock manager: Potter’s Cay Dock is still safe

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In the hours following a fatal shooting that unfolded on Potter’s Cay Dock on Sunday night, management at the popular restaurant strip still maintain that the area is a safe environment. Gregory Minnis, Potters Cay Dock manager told Eyewitness News Online that the fatal shooting of a young man in front of […]

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Some Sybil Strachan Primary students sent home

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of a confirmed scabies scare at the Sybil Strachan Primary School last week, the school reopened on Monday but several students were sent home because they could not show proof that they had been treated and cleared to return to school. “A few of them returned to school this […]

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C.W. Sawyer mould issue rectified, but parents still wary

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the C.W. Sawyer Primary School reopened on Monday after closing last week due to a reported mould problem, some parents still expressed concern yesterday about the overall safety of their kids. Parents visited to the school, some without their kids, just to get an update on whether the school had been […]

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Crime council’s survey of young men reveals most were abused as a child

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The newly-formed crime council, led by noted psychiatrist Dr. David Allen, on Monday shed light on a number of factors they believe lead young men to commit murder and other dangerous crimes. The council surveyed young men in and out of prison and, according to the results, about 100 per cent of the […]

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Sybil Strachan Primary to reopen today following confirmed reports of scabies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Following a scabies outbreak last week, teachers and students at the Sybil Strachan Primary School on Carmichael Road are expected to return to school today. Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands confirmed on Friday that there were between 18 and 23 confirmed cases of scabies at the school, and infected students are […]

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Primary school closes following allegations of scabies outbreak

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Education  (MOE) announced on Thursday that the Sybil Strachan Primary School will be closed today (Friday). And while no reason for the closure was given in the Ministry’s issued statement, Eyewitness News Online understands that the closure comes following allegations of a scabies outbreak at the Carmichael Road school. […]

Another body retrieved from waters

Total body count stands at 30; capsized vessel was carrying 83 persons   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The death toll of Haitian migrants who perished when their boat capsized last weekend continues to rise after another body believed to be that of a Haitian national was retrieved from waters in Abaco on Wednesday. A statement released […]

No classes at C.W. Sawyer following mould allegations

Irate parents lead protest on school’s campus   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After reports of mould and other issues surfaced at the C.W. Sawyer Primary School earlier this week, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Wednesday that the school will be closed today and on Friday. A statement released from MOE asked teachers to report […]

Dr. Roberts clarifies cost of new policy proposal to fund NHI

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Chairman of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Board, Dr. Robin Roberts, on Wednesday sought to clarify reports made by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, which suggested that the cost of the new policy proposal to fund National Health Insurance could be up to $200 or $300 million. “Simply put, there is […]

Immigration head: Persons found culpable in deadly Haitian voyage will be prosecuted

RBDF continues search, high-level meeting held to discuss deaths   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – If persons are found culpable in planning the tragic voyage which led to the death of 27 Haitians over the weekend, they should expect harsh consequences, according to Immigration Director Clarence A. Russell. “Director of Immigration Mr. Clarence A. Russell expressed his […]