PM back to work after surgery

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley hosts his first meeting as chairman of Caricom. – OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

THE Prime Minister was officially back on the job on Tuesday. His first order of business was chairing a virtual meeting of Caricom. Dr Rowley was appointed Caricom chairman earlier this month.

On the Office of the Prime Minister’s (OPM) Facebook page, there was a picture of Rowley in his office, in front of a computer, chairing the virtual meeting. A brief statement from the OPM said, “Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley is hosting his first meeting as chairman of Caricom this morning. The regional heads are meeting virtually for the 13th Special Emergency Meeting of the Caricom Heads of Government.”

It was uncertain whether Rowley was at the OPM at Whitehall or in an office in the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s which shares the same compound as the Prime Minister’s official residence. Rowley has worked from the latter occasionally.

Last Friday, Rowley was admitted to Westshore private hospital in Cocorite after complaining of discomfort.

In a statement on Saturday, the OPM said, “The Prime Minister underwent an angiogram and a subsequent angioplasty which went well.”

It said in accordance with normal medical procedure he would be kept for observation overnight.

In the angioplasty a wire-mesh stent was inserted to widen a clogged artery which was restricting blood flow to the PM’s heart.

On Sunday a statement said Rowley had been discharged from hospital and was resting comfortably at his official residence.

On Monday, government officials said Rowley is “well and comfortable.”

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