NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed this morning that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen has been working remotely from Maryland, Washington, to be with his family.
Minnis, who sought to clear up speculation surrounding Brennen’s future with the Ministry of Health, said he remains employed with the government and continues “leading the charge” on border control.
The prime minister said Brennen continues to work every day with the Ministry of Tourism and has responsibility for border control.
“There are rumors on social media and other media entities that Delon Brennen is not here in New Providence, that he has moved,” Minnis told reporters outside the Churchill Building.
“It is true Delon Brennen is still employed with the ministry. He is deputy chief medical officer. He has relocated [to] join his family.
“His family lives in Maryland and Delon is stationed at the Washington, DC, office, the embassy.
“He works virtually every day, by the ministry. As a government and as a people we would want to encourage families to be together.”
The prime minister said individuals can work from anywhere around the world with the current technology available.
“You don’t necessarily have to live on that particular landmark to be employed,” Minnis said.
“I would urge all Bahamians to be technologically savvy and advance because our jobs in the future can be jeopardized because an individual can be living in Ireland or New Zealand and working in Scotiabank, etc.
“So, we must take advantage of it. So, once we are technologically advance, we too can be living in New Providence and working at Wall Street or whatever.
“Delon Brennen is a perfect example. He’s stationed in Washington and he’s employed.”
According to Minnis, Brennen is heading border control, the protocols needed to be implemented, along with the necessary data collection and assessment.
“If it’s necessary at any point in time that he needs to come to New Providence — a presence is required — then he will come,” he said.
“Outside of that, he is working virtually every day.
“We would not want to discourage families from… being together and I would think that everybody would want to encourage families being together.”