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Lee trying to resolve issues with emergency evacuation

KPMG Corporate Finance Managing Director Henk de Zeeuw, VWS Director Herbert Barnard, Ministry of VWS and Healthcare Caribbean Netherlands Project Manager Dr. Rob Sardeman, Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports Edith Schippers, St. Maarten Health Minister Emil Lee, St. Maarten epartment of Public Health head Fenna Arnell and SMMC Director Kees Klarenbeek.

Health Minister Emil Lee says he is trying to resolve some issues hampering the emergency evacuation of patients from Saba and St. Eustatius to St. Maarten. He said the logistical issues are mostly centred on the inconvenient location where helicopters that evacuate patients are required to land in Sint Maarten, …

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Senate implores Plasterk to set decent social minimum

Members of the First Chamber, the Senate, greet Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk (left) at the start of Tuesday’s eight-hour debate. (Suzanne Koelega photo)

The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament during a debate on Tuesday tried to commit Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk to a promise to set a social minimum that covered the basic needs of the people of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba so that they …

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Ban sugary drinks in primary school, says food advice body


The government-backed food advisory centre Voedingscentrum has welcomed the decision by dozens of primary schools to ban sugary drinks on their premises, saying the measure will help cut obesity among children. The organisation says pupils in primary schools should be restricted to water and milk with their packed lunches in …

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Mrs. Lies is new member of the Supervisory Board of the SHCF

Lies Levestone-Timmerman

Today, the Saba Health Care Foundation announced the arrival of our new Supervisory Board member Mrs. Elisabeth Levestone-Timmerman, known on Saba as Mrs. Lies. After working in the field of healthcare in The Netherlands, Mrs. Lies came to Saba where she worked as a nurse in the A.M. Edwards Medical from …

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First case of Zika on Saba


The first case of Zika was confirmed on Saba last week, writes The Daily Herald. The patient has a travel history to an island where Zika is present in the days before her symptoms started, so she was most likely infected there, said authorities. To prevent further transmission of the …

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