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At present, the PAHO Bahamas Office is working in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) on an activity which involves strengthening chemical management at the national level through the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) Quick Start Project. The use and production of chemicals in modern society is a sometime invisible staple of daily life.  However, the production, storage, transport, use and disposal of chemicals involve risks of gradual environmental contamination, and daily risks of both the general public, but also the health of the workers involved with these processes. Additionally, the risk of major chemical accidents resulting from technological incidents has the potential to affect the acute and long-term health of persons.

Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Housing and Environment at opening of the Workshop on Chemical Management, September 18th, 2013, Nassau, The Bahamas

The Ministry of National Security of The Bahamas last week hosted a three day workshop on Crisis Management, as well as a Simulation Exercise on Bioterrorism in Nassau.  The workshop, which was held at the Paul Farquharson Centre, Police Headquarters, East Street, 19th through 21st February, 2014, was attended by Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PWR- The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands and Mr. Sherlin Brown, Administrator/Disaster Focal Point from the local office. Ms. Lealou Reballos, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist of PAHO's Office of Caribbean Program Coordination [CPC] based in Bridgetown, Barbados, was also in Nassau to attend the workshop and also made 2 presentations.


Today, the staff at the PAHO Bahamas Office welcomed a special visitor in the person of the Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands [with responsibility for Finance and Tourism]. The Turk and Caicos Islands also falls under the jurisdiction of The Bahamas Representation. Dr. Ewing is the former Director of Health Services in The Turks and Caicos Islands.

PAHO Bahamas Office Staff [seated in front row from L-R Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PWR; Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier-TCI and Mr. Sherlin Brown, Administrator] Standing from L-R: Mr. Gary Cooper,Messenger/Driver;  Ms. Raquel Graham, Procurement Officer; Ms. Cleola Mackey, PWR’s Secretary; Ms. Barbara Sweeting, Finance Assistant; Ms. Kelly Salmond, Consultant-Social Determinants of Health; Mrs. Linda Sweeting, Technical Secretary, Mr. Julian Coakley, Senior Driver; and Mr. Jules Kerckhoffs, Intern-SAICM Project.

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