Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley left the island on Tuesday for medical attention in the United States.
A statement from his office said the 69-year old Rowley is scheduled to “undergo a series of medical tests related to a coronary issue”.
At a media brief on Sunday, Rowley said that his doctors had informed him of the problem in 2017 but he had been delinquent with dealing with it.
“I should have gone back to do these tests last year September, but that was the budget time and…I put it off,” he said.
The Prime Minister added that he also chose to put it off even further to concentrate on revamping the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN that had been losing billions of dollars annually.
“So I really should have done that last year, so when I look back and realize it is a year and a half I really did not take the advice that I got in 2017,’ Rowley told reporters.
The T&T leader will undergo a battery of tests in Los Angeles, California. He maintains that he is in relatively good health, and that he is taking this period in strides.
The statement from his office said the “Prime Minister and his family are grateful for the outpouring of concern and well wishes that have been expressed since the announcement” adding that “the positive sentiments have been a source of strength”.
The Prime Minister did not specify how long he would be out of the country. Finance Minister Colm Imbert, will act as Prime Minister in his absence.
“What I do know is that I will be out for a few days, the number of days will be determined by what we experience and what is recommended and I know that the government is in good hands and will continue to function at full throttle.”
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