On June 30th, 2014, The PAHO/WHO country office for The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry for Grand Bahama to undertake an Environmental Health Assessment for the areas of Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, and other relevant surrounding communities.
(Left to Right: Hon. Minister Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PWR Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, and Mr. Melvin Seymour, PS for Ministry for Grand Bahama.
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