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14 Sep 2017 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Deputy Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Chrystal Glinton updated the public from the NEMA office on Wednesday afternoon, September 13, 2017 on the circumstances of Hurricane Irma evacuees from Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana Ragged Island, Inagua, and Bimini.

15 Mar 2017 description

By Matt Maura

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Social Workers from the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, will continue to provide extended hours assistance at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium for residents of the Jubilee Gardens and Tall Pines Communities.

16 Nov 2016 description

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as of 14th November, 2016 twenty four (24) confirmed cases of Zika have been recorded in the Bahamas. Twenty two (22) on the island of New Providence, one (1) on the island of Bimini and one (1) on the island of Eleuthera. All cases sought medical attention after having symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection. All patients have been treated for associated symptoms and are doing well. Based on the histories received from the cases it has been determined that there is a mix of travel associated and local transmission.

29 Oct 2016 description

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as of 28th October, 2016 eighteen (18) confirmed cases of Zika have been recorded on the island of New Providence. All cases sought medical attention after having symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection. All patients have been treated for associated symptoms and are doing well. Based on the histories received from the cases it has been determined that there is a mix of travel associated and local transmission.

25 Oct 2016 description

Summary of findings of CDEMA Rapid Needs Assessment Team Survey by study area showing severity of key themes (Coastal Erosion, Health, Housing damage, Infrastructure, WASH).

04 Oct 2016 description

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as of 3rd October, 2016 seventeen (17) confirmed cases of Zika have been recorded on the island of New Providence. All cases sought medical attention after having symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection. All patients have been treated for associated symptoms and are doing well. Based on the histories received from the cases it has been determined that there is a mix of travel associated and local transmission.

26 Sep 2016 description

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as of 26th September, 2016 fourteen (14) confirmed cases of Zika have been recorded on the island of New Providence. All cases sought medical attention after having symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection. All patients have been treated for associated symptoms and are doing well. Based on the histories received from the cases it has been determined that there is a mix of travel associated and local transmission.

06 Nov 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baptist Health International of Coral Gables, Florida, donated 50 boxes of medical supplies to aid health care professionals tend the basic needs of victims of the recently devastating Hurricane Joaquin, which impacted the Central and Southeast Bahamas.

21 Oct 2015 description

21 October 2015

On Wednesday September 30th, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin became the tenth named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Hurricane warnings were issued for several islands in Bahamas, including Abacos, Berry Islands, Eleuthra, Grand Bahama Island, New Providence, Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Bimini, and Andros Island. Tropical storm warnings were issued in the remainder of the Bahamas, as well as Turks and Caicos, and the Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Guantanamo provinces in Cuba.

18 Oct 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Perry Christie declared that The Bahamas Government has made a commitment to reconstruct, to rebuild and to establish an organized process to do so, in the wake of the onslaught of Hurricane Joaquin. He made the statement on October 14, 2015 at the Office of the Prime Minister.

16 Oct 2015 description

Description of the disaster

On 2 October 2015, the island chain of the Bahamas experienced significant damage with many houses destroyed and widespread reports of heavy flooding and storm surges mainly in the central and southern sections of the archipelago due to the passage of Hurricane Joaquin. On 3 October, Hurricane Joaquin moved slowly across the southern and central islands unleashing torrential rains, wind and storm surges, leading to flooding and salt water intrusion in several areas.

14 Oct 2015 description

On October 1-3, 2015, Joaquin, a category 4 hurricane struck the Southern Bahamian Islands and directly impacted about 5000 people. The most severely affected islands include Crooked Island, Long Island, Acklins, Rum Cay, and San Salvador and access to these islands became restricted due to the major flooding and debris at the airports and across major roads.

14 Oct 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, held a press conference on National Heroes’ Day, October 12, 2015, to update the public on the relief efforts following Hurricane Joaquin’s destructive path through the Central and Southeast Bahamas.

First Assistant Secretary at NEMA Chrystal Glinton explained that the 13 Emergency Support Function (ESF) groups, which make up the national disaster preparedness committee, are strategically involved in the NEMA-coordinated efforts to those islands impacted by the Category 4 storm.

11 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

•CDEMA RNAT concludes field assessments in affected family Islands
•Initial situation overview completed for Turks and Caicos Islands and detailed damage assessments ongoing
•CDEMA Executive Director continues high level consultations in Nassau

THE SITUATION:

On September 30th, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin became the tenth named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which affected the CDEMA Participating States of the Bahamas (southern and central Islands), the Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti.

08 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CDEMA Executive Director holds high level consultations in Nassau
  • CDEMA RNAT arrives in Nassau and deployed to affected family Islands
  • Initial reports from Rapid Damage and Needs Assessments Teams for Crooked Island and Long Island received.

THE SITUATION:

On September 30th, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin became the tenth named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which affected the southern and central Islands of the Bahamas.

08 Oct 2015 description

Experts in disaster response, water, sanitation, health and infrastructure are supporting assessment and relief efforts in central and southern Bahamas

Nassau, 6 October 2015 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has been coordinating with health officials in The Bahamas to assess the impact of Hurricane Joaquin and to strengthen relief efforts.

19 Aug 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, held a Psychological First Aid workshop to equip residents with stress relieving skills following a disaster, man-made or natural.

The purpose of the workshop held at the operations centre at NEMA’s Way and Gladstone Road on Thursday, August 13, 2015, was to provide training for disaster responders in the current mental health context of The Bahamas.

08 Jul 2014 description

Authored by: Hon. Kenred Dorsett M.P.

Source: Ministry of the Environment and Housing

Date: July 7, 2014

I wish to bring further attention and awareness of the threat posed to The Bahamas by the Chikungunya Virus.

08 Jul 2014 description

Bahamas Information Services

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public of a confirmed imported case of Chikungunya Fever. The case occurred in an adult visitor who travelled to The Bahamas from the Dominican Republic on June 29, 2014. His symptoms reportedly began the day before travel to The Bahamas. He was seen at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 30, 2014 and was subsequently tested. A confirmed positive test was received on July 4, 2014. The patient has been treated and is presently recovering well.