FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Following the official opening of the Fishing Hole Causeway on Friday, June 26, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, accompanied by other cabinet ministers, toured the Rand Memorial Hospital.
The hospital was damaged in September 2019 because of devastation by Hurricane Dorian, and renovation has been underway for the past several months.
Led by Hospital Administrator Sharon Williams, the Prime Minister toured along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis along with other senior government officials, including Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Harcourt Brown and Managing Director of Public Health Authority, Katherine Weech.
The Prime Minister, who currently serves as the Minister of Health, wanted to get a firsthand view of the situation.
It is expected that the wards, pediatrics, and ICU should be completed in approximately three months; however, the Prime Minister voiced some concern that the maternity section is still being housed at Sunrise Medical Centre.
“I am impressed and pleased that it’s going in the right direction. Once we continue along this road,” he said, acknowledging that the process is in phases.
In closing, the Prime Minister said there was a time when Grand Bahama had the most “advanced operating theatre within the Caribbean, inclusive of PMH”; adding he is sure this will be the case again.
Following the tour, Prime Minister Minnis went to the Office of the Prime Minister for meetings.