MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HON. DONVILLE INNISS, ON THE PASSING OF HIS PREDECESSOR – SIR BRANFORD TAITT
It is with a sense of profound regret that I learned of the passing of Sir Branford Taitt this morning.
Sir Branford had a long and distinguished career as a public official, serving as minister in the Government of Barbados in a number of ministries, namely the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism. In was in his capacity as Minister of Health, during the period 1987 to 1993, that he made a significant contribution to the development of the health services.
Sir Branford was involved in the expansion of the primary health care system with the opening of a number of new polyclinics at the time when the focus was on making primary care services more accessible to the communities in keeping of the Declaration of Alma Ata in 1978. He was instrumental in the decision to establish the polyclinic in the Black Rock area, as he deemed it necessary to strengthen the delivery of primary care services. The Black Rock Polyclinic was renamed in his honour on November 12, 2011, in recognition of his contribution to health services and to the development of primary health care services in Barbados.
While serving as Minister of Health he represented Barbados at regional and international meetings including the World Health Assembly- the international body provides guidance and facilitates technical assistance to address the myriad health challenges which impact countries worldwide.
Sir Branford was elected President of the 23rd Pan American Sanitary Conference in 1990 and was, for many years, chairman of PAHO’s Sub-Committee on Planning and Programming. He also served as Chairman of the Caribbean Conference of Health Ministers. In 1995, Sir Branford was appointed a member and chairman of the World Health Organization’s Multidisciplinary Task Force on Health and Development. This level of representation indicated that his contribution to health care development spanned beyond these shores.
In 2010, he was honoured for his long and distinguished public service to Barbados when he received one of the highest honours of this country, Knight of St. Andrew, an honour befitting the invaluable contribution as a citizen to this country’s development and the health sector in particular.
Sir Branford was a committed and dedicated public servant who gave exceptional and unselfish service to the people of Barbados.