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August 22nd, 2018
Hon Turnbull appointed Minister for a day

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Second District Representative, Honourable, Melvin M. Turnbull, has been appointed Minister for Health and Social Development in the Virgin Islands (VI) government, for a day, on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

August 14th, 2013
Garbage collection affected by faulty equipment- DWM 2012 Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Malfunctioning equipment by garbage collection contractors were some of the factors that affected the garbage collection system in certain parts of the Territory in 2012, according to the Department of Waste Management’s Annual Report of 2012 laid in the House of Assembly (HOA) by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton on July 25, 2013.

July 30th, 2013
UPDATE: Thoughts of suicide among VI youth alarming-Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The thought of committing suicide and actually attempting to do it among young people in the Virgin Islands are issues that ought to be of serious concern, according to the Youth Healthy and Sexuality report laid in the House of Assembly on July 25, 2013 by Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton.

July 26th, 2013
UPDATE: Get rid of ‘Governor in Council’– R.T. O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Looking through the ordinance, Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE has stressed it is time the term ‘Governor in Council’ be removed from the Ordinance of the Virgin Islands.

September 5th, 2012
Hospital project soldiers on!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton informed the House of Assembly that 14 years have elapsed and over $100m was spent on the Hospital project from various sources of funding. Yet there was no deadline date given for completion of the project.

July 12th, 2012
Hon. Skelton: "Healthier choices the easier choice"

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chronic diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases have become a very disturbing trend in the Virgin Islands (VI), and realising its rapid increase, Hon. Ronnie Skelton, Minister for Health and Social Development will be introducing a National Health and Wellness Council to focus on the population’s health issues.

May 17th, 2012
Health Minister assesses services provided on sister islands

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In an effort to assess and improve the healthcare and social services provided to the communities on the sister islands, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and a team of health officials visited Anegada and Jost Van Dyke as part of a ministerial tour of the sister islands health facilities.

May 15th, 2012
Hon. Skelton: Fraser ran away from KATS “like hot potato”

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton found it ironic that one of his colleagues in the House of Assembly (HOA) was dishing out advice on the BVI Water Sports programme when at one time he claimed the district representative “was running away from it [KATS sailing programme) like a hot potato”.

April 13th, 2012
HOA did not receive a verbatim transcript within last five years

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the 2012 Standing Finance Committee (SFC), a body appointed by the House of Assembly (HOA) to examine the draft budget estimates for this year, it was brought to light that the HOA, the highest law making body of the Virgin Islands, has not received verbatim transcript within the last five years from the Court Reporting Unit.

February 22nd, 2012
Nat’l Health Insurance to cost Gov’t $38M annually – Hon. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National Health Insurance System (NHIS), which will allow more residents in the Virgin Islands wider access to health care, is moving along smoothly and could be implemented within the next 12 months with Government expected to fork up some $38M on an annual basis to subsidize the scheme.



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