The NHI Secretariat continued to meet with Bahamians across the archipelago with stops in Mayaguana, Abaco, Acklins and Crooked Island during the month of June, as well as engaging with stakeholder and travelling to South Africa for a bilateral exchange of information.
Ms. Elizabeth Keju, NHI Consultant, Administration and Public Management of Change, travelled to Abaco on June 22, making presentations at Baker’s Bay, Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks. The presentations were well attended, and were coordinated by South Abaco Administrator Mrs. Laverne Harris-Smith and attended by Mr. Edison Key, Member of Parliament for the constituency along with leaders within the South Abaco District.
Mrs. Jacqueline Estevez, Chief Councillor for South Abaco District said, “Residents should become familiar with NHI because it is in their best interest as it will provide better healthcare services for all Bahamians.”
Mr. Key echoed her sentiments: “It doesn’t matter which government is in power, we all need health insurance because we are all Bahamians and we want to live healthy lives.” He also added that given his own previous health concerns, “The Government is doing a good thing with the implementation of NHI because it will help Bahamians.”
Further, the Secretariat visited the clinic at Marsh Harbour and spoke with the administrator.
The month of June was also busy with activity on the stakeholder engagement front, with multiple meetings with organisations including: the Medical Association of The Bahamas, the Bahamas Insurance Association, The Bahamas Association of Physiotherapists, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation and others. Stakeholders also participated in two UHC Stakeholder Advisory Council meeting, on June 9th and June 28th, continuing to share their expertise and advise on NHI Bahamas.
More information on NHI Bahamas can be found at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs.