By Radha Motielall
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy remains on leave due to ill health, according to Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon.
At his post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, March 04, Dr. Luncheon also confirmed that Dr. Ramsammy’s illness is cardiac related and that he is seeking treatment in the United States.
He acknowledged that given his lengthy absence from the job, there have been speculations about his possible withdrawal from the cabinet, but according to Dr. Luncheon, the Agriculture Minister has not given any such notice or indication to the government.
The Cabinet Secretary however accepted the fact that Dr. Ramsammy’s illness could be a deciding factor on whether he will withdraw from government and the political arena as a whole.
Prior to his appointment as Agriculture Minister, Dr. Ramsammy served as Guyana’s Minister of Health for approximately 10 years, making him one of the longest serving Ministers of Health in the world.
During that time, his passion and drive for better healthcare was recognized not only at national level, but at international levels, through his participation in various international forum and groupings.