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Contribution to the House of Assembly Resolution to Extend the Emergency Powers Orders - Hon. Renward R. Wells
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The Honourable Renward R. Wells, M.P. Minister of Health
during the
Resolution to Extend the Emergency Powers Order
11th August, 2021

The Honourable Renward R. Wells, M.P.

Minister of Health during the

Resolution to Extend the Emergency Powers Order


Mr. Speaker,

I rise today in this honourable house giving praise to Yahweh Elohim the lord God Almighty, the Lord of Life for in Him we live move and have our being.

Mr. Speaker,

I take this opportunity to thank the wonderful and gracious people of Bamboo Town who have sent me to this place, by the will of the Good Lord and while I continuously value their voice, I am really here to consistently give voice to their values.

Mr. Speaker,

My work here today in this House, to the glory of the good Lord and on behalf of people of Bamboo Town, and by extension, the people of this great nation, is to second this resolution to extend the Emergency Order and the powers therein.

Mr. Speaker,

Before I get into the substance of my contribution, let me offer my sincere condolences to my Aunt Rosemond Wells, who lost her daughter – my dear cousin Pamela Wells – who died at PMH as a result of Covid- 19 infection on Sunday morning. The entire Wells Clan grieves Pam’s loss. May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory

Mr. Speaker,

I offer condolences to the Venerable Maurice Moore, as well, on the passing of his dear wife Sandra, a woman who helped to counsel me over the past five years of my political career. She will be sadly missed.

Mr. Speaker,

Let me also offer my condolences to the family of a great Bahamian – the father of our nationalist spirit – the Most Honourable Arthur Dion Hanna. His ideals, Mr. Speaker helped to shape my thoughts as a young man as I accompanied my father to the domino games he loved attending with A.D. Hanna, at their meeting place atop Hawkins Hill. Many nuggets of wisdom and history flow over a game of dominoes with A.D. Hanna


and I felt fortunate to have been the recipient of such wisdom and knowledge.

Mr. Speaker,

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.

Mr. Speaker,

We are a people of manifest destiny, a chosen people a royal priesthood a holy nation, a peculiar people. Amid our current national challenges, Mr. Speaker, The Bahamas had much to celebrate as we watched our Olympians perform admirably in their various disciplines at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Our national anthem was twice played as our two (2) gold medallists Steven Gardener and Shauna Miller Uibo stood on the pinnacle of the dais. We celebrate them vigorously. It was a special reminder that beyond challenges and adversity, with discipline, there is much success.

Mr. Speaker,


We, as a people, currently face the biggest challenge of recent history. It has been sixteen months since the global pandemic was declared and the world continues contending with this unrelenting virus. Globally, there have been more than 200 million cases of COVID-19 and, unfortunately, the disease has caused over 4 million deaths. Countries the world over have been called to take on their emergence and re- emergence as epicenters of the pandemic at different times over the infection period.

Mr. Speaker,

Though we have been challenged as other nations, I take the liberty to paraphrase Clement Bethel’s words that were penned words for times like these. When the road is rough, when we think we’ve borne enough, don’t faint, don’t cry...wonder why. Just keep on trying.” Yes, we are challenged, Mr. Speaker! But, we must and we will keep on persevering. This Bahamian nation, the Bahamian people, This Government will keep onkeepingon.Wewillnevergiveup! Wewillcontinuetowinthefuture for our people ensuring that tomorrow will be a brighter day.


Mr. Speaker,

Our track record speaks for itself. The detailed plan of action that was implemented by the Ministry of Health flattened both the first and second waves of COVID-19 in our country. It was not easy, but we did it. In the same way, we will flatten this third (3rd) wave again. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, this Free National Movement government knows well how to flatten waves.

Mr. Speaker,

To date, The Bahamas has conducted more than 150,000 RT-PCR tests and more than 300,000 antigen tests for COVID-19. When we last debated a resolution to extend the Emergency Powers Orders three short but long months ago, it was absolutely not the plan to return to this place to seek a further extension. At that time, our COVID-19 report for the previous day confirmed 53 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11,278. There were 48 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 5 in the Intensive Care Unit. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths stood at 221. ..TO BE CONTINUED

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