Grand Bahama Health Services Launches Safe Baby Campaign

20 September

Another health care initiative was successfully launched by the Grand Bahama Health Services in July 2012 during the Public Hospitals Authority 13th anniversary celebrations.  The objective of the campaign is to ensure that in keeping with the Road Traffic Laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, all babies and toddlers discharged from the hospital must leave in a baby car seat.  This initiative will reduce injuries and save lives thereby affirming the Public Hospitals Authority's mandate to provide best quality healthcare for all.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force Traffic Division donated five car seats to the Obstetrics Ward in support of this initiative during an official presentation on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012.  Mr. Kenwood Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of Police stated that the Royal Bahamas Police Force wholeheartedly supports this initiative and noted that the car seats will go a long way in assisting five mothers and their infants upon being discharged from the hospital.  He committed on behalf of his organization to provide any assistance they can to the Public Hospitals Authority.

According to the laws of The Bahamas, children under the age of five are required by law to be secured in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle and if the law is not adhered to, the driver of the vehicle faces a fine of $500.00 on summary conviction.

Mrs. Sherinette Norville-Smith, Senior Assistant Hospital Administrator, said that mothers were educated in the importance of using a car seat for their infants and Grand Bahama Health Services continues to promote awareness.  She stated that since the programme launch, we have yielded 98% success by babies going home in a car seat or baby carrier.

A demonstration on how to secure the baby in the car seat was done by Nurse Daphne Roxbury.  Mrs. Stephanie Small, Actg. Nursing Officer I, accepted the donations and thanked the Royal Bahamas Police Force for their generosity and commitment as partners in healthcare.

Also in attendance were, Mr. Basil Rahming, Deputy Controller, Road Traffic Department, Mrs. Sandra Mortimer-Russell, Acting Hospital Administrator, Police Officers, Road Traffic Division and executives and staff of Grand Bahama Health Services.