Bahamas’ Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands has recently announced that his government will be acting to ban all sugary drinks from all government healthcare facilities and public schools.
He said the ban will become effective on December 1, 2019.
Dr. Sands lamented the fact the ban did not come sooner as the country is becoming more and more unhealthy.
He noted further that while it may be easy to remove unhealthy drink options from the Ministry of Health and health care facilities, it won’t be as easy to regulate what children in schools drink.
He further argued that as a deterrent, vendors may be forced to set up substantially further from school campuses.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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