Who was the Minister turned away? …”MARLENE’S ILLNESS”

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There are conflicting reports about the illness of Minister of Public Administration, Marlene McDonald.

Her constituency office said the Minister was released from the St Clair Medical Facility on Wednesday. But the Government is saying she is still warded and is seriously ill.

Now it comes out that Mc Donald has been diagnosed with renal/kidney failure.

The Port-of-Spain South MP has been hospitalized since Saturday. A statement from the Ministry of Communications indicated McDonald was being treated for an existing medical condition.

Several well-wishers including a Minister who went to see Mc Donald, were turned away by relatives.

It’s the second time Mc Donald was taken to hospital in the last month.

McDonald’s prognosis is complicated by her diabetic condition and she will need time to rest and recover.

Because she is unable to perform her functions of Minister, President Paula-Mae Weekes has appointed Senator Allyson West as McDonald’s temporary replacement at the Public Administration Ministry.

Rowley did not divulge details about her health but he wished McDonald a speedy recovery and a complete one.

He also responded to conflicting information put out yesterday by the Port-of-Spain South constituency office, suggesting that McDonald had been discharged from the hospital. It contradicted a statement from the Communications Ministry which stated McDonald was still hospitalised.

He added, “We cannot speak for any other than the Government’s communication that it made to the population.

“The statements made by the Government would be based on information the Government has, which may be different from the information other people have.”

It now means two ministers from the Public Administration Ministry are facing serious challenges with their health and are now on sick leave.

La Horquetta/Talparo MP, Maxie Cuffie, has been away from duty since September 2017, after suffering a stroke. He has been in the United States recovering and this has already cost the State more than $3 million.

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