“Why did he go overseas to cool out after his doctors told him to take a rest? With all the variety of places that Maniram Prashad boasts about which are healthy for tourists to find rejuvenation, why he had to go overseas in this hard guava season?”
This is according to Alliance for Change Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, who in responding to the Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy’s denials that he was not seeking medical treatment.
Ramjattan responded by saying that, ‘I am doing my job in asking questions and commenting on these issues. I am doing exactly as Cheddie taught me to do as an Opposition Parliamentarian.’
He said that it brings out the information to the public, especially in view of the fact that there is no Freedom of Information Act as yet.
“And it sometimes embarrasses intolerant officials, especially those quick to put labels, like petty, on persons critical of their activities, or just seeking to examine their activities.”
Ramjattan also questioned at whose expense (travel spending) did Dr. Ramsammy go to ‘cool out’ overseas.
He added too that now that we are told that Dr Ramsammy did not manage to get time to look after his health, “What kind of a Minister of Health will shy away from his doctors’ orders? This is a bad example! Is our Health system so bad that he has to kill himself to fix it? If this is so, then it is an admission that it is a killer health system?”
Dr. Ramsammy in light of criticisms that he lauds the local health system yet traveled overseas for treatment responded by saying, “The fact is that I took some rest, did some meetings and never made the time to have a medical check-up.
He had said that he was not feeling well over the last several months and did checks with local doctors.
“My doctors have insisted that I cut down the number of hours I work, a recommendation I have not been able to comply with,” the health minister had stated.
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