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Gonsalves ‘not reckless’ with his health

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves prays at the beginning of a two-hour meeting with Vincentians in Taiwan, Saturday, May 19. He wears on his jacket a cross a family sent him after his recent hospitalisation.

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has told his compatriots here that he is not reckless with his heath by travelling while recuperating from recent illness.

Gonsalves is leading a six-member Vincentian delegation to attend the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday.

He was treated for an abscess in Barbados last month and the incision has not yet healed.

He told a gathering of mostly students Saturday morning that he decided to travel, based on the advice of his doctors.

“In so far as my wellness is concerned, I am not a reckless person with my health. I push myself but I am not reckless,” the 66-year-old leader said.

“The doctors said to me that you can travel but make sure you travel with a nurse who would be able to take care of the surgical incision –dress it in the morning and dress it in the evening,” said Gonsalves who spent two weeks ill in Barbados, including a weekend in hospital.

Retired nurse Jacqueline Browne-King has accompanied Gonsalves to Taiwan. King, a registered nurse for 33 years, is the Eastern Caribbean Representative to the World Paediatric Project.

Gonsalves said that in making the trip he was keeping a promise to President Ma and showing this country’s commitment to Kingstown-Taipei ties.

Some of his critics at home have said that Gonsalves should have asked a member of his Unity Labour Party government to represent him.

Retired nurse Jacqueline Browne-King has accompanied Gonsalves to Taiwan.

“Something I believe that would have been lost on those critics, if they want to be utilitarian, you know what it means for somebody who is recovering from a minor surgical procedure and who is not yet 100 per cent healed but who keeps his commitment to a friend and travels eight hours to London and another 16 here to Taipei by way of Bangkok?” he said.

“You think the Foreign Ministry and the presidency here in Taiwan wouldn’t take note of that? I would have said it’s a remarkable commitment. I gave my word to the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and I delivered on my word despite the fact that I am recovering,” Gonsalves further stated.

The Vincentian delegation also includes Gonsalves’ wife, Eloise Gonsalves, Press Secretary Hans King, Lance Neverson of the Agency for Public Information and a member of the Prime Minister’s security detail.

During the two-hour meeting — which began with the singing of the Vincentian anthem and a prayer by Gonsalves — the Prime Minister responded to citizens’ questions about national issues, including airport and other infrastructural development and foreign relations.

After leaving Taiwan, Gonsalves will travel to London to attend a function where 50 Vincentians entrepreneurs will be honoured. He returns to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on May 30.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Gonsalves is leading a five-member delegation. There are in fact six persons in the delegation.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (seated centre) and his delegation pose with other Vincentians in Taiwan. From left, retired nurse Jacqueline Browne-King, Eloise Gonsalves, PM Gonsalves, Press Secretary Hans King, and PM’s security attaché.

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12 thoughts on “Gonsalves ‘not reckless’ with his health

  1. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5

    Posted by Joe | May 19, 2012, 12:04
  2. Wow our PM can make commitment to outsiders but not in his own country, does our PM really think of his action? Sir lot of people in SVG wake this morning without anything to eat, some don’t have roof over their head, others begging, with all that is going on in SVG, don’t u feel as Prime Minister of this country u need to first take care of your own then others ofter? Love is more than talk, is showing it also.

    When you prayer what do u prayer for, how solid is your prayer, it is high time we stop that talk and do the walk, if we love God then we have to show it, being in love with Jesus Christ is a relationship, so Sir is time u start walk the talk, think of the so many people in SVG that need love, care, help, we need to cut down on some of these expensive trips

    Posted by prince | May 19, 2012, 12:38
  3. I am sure many people really don’t care about his health, its the health of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, its the health of the people, its a hospital short of medicines, drugs, dressings and bed linen, that we worry about.

    Gonsalves why don’t you buy yourself a nice house in Taiwan and stay there, we don’t want you back. Please if you can, also keep Hans King in Taiwan, we don’t want him either.

    Gonsalves doesn’t care about our health, if he did he would do something about medical care here. Its peoples lives that are at risk, not his life because he can afford to run to Barbados and anywhere else he chooses.

    Why has he taken a nurse who is Pediatric nursing expert, well I suppose he can be rather childish at times. I just hope he doesn’t develop a nurse fetish.

    Gonsalves you are wasting our money that we don’t have, are you so stupid that you don’t understand that.

    Cut all the religious showmanship, get on with the Marxism and do your Obeah for the Lord of darkness.

    Posted by Peter | May 19, 2012, 19:38
  4. Did he say ” . . . as we forgive them that trepas against us . . .” ?

    Good sign.

    Well, here comes ‘FORGIVENESS’ and COMPASSION for those GOVERNMENT WORKERS all who nah get paid yet, the private contractors go get their payments, and, especially, ANY CIVIL SERVANTS or others who ain’t get back their jobs yet, such as the fired NCB bank worker who was SHOCKED BY SEEING MILLION DOLLARS IN CASE — for real, former ULP MEMBER Mrs. Anesia RICHARDS-BAPTISTE, Mr. Elvis DANIEL, Mr. Kenroy JOHNSON, and Mr. ‘BASH’ THOMAS.

    And, we shall have a first, or renewed OFFICIAL SEARCH for political activist radio caller SERVANT OF THE LORD.

    Of course, we wont expect you to FORGIVE your cousin, staunch CATHOLIC Nice Radio Manager DOUGLAS De FREITAS, your MNU General Secretary MATTHEW THOMAS, former ULP Kitchen Cabinet devotee JUNIOR BACCHUS, or MNU foundation member EDWARDO LYNCH. After all, these would bring in the big bucks.

    I only hope that you would be charitable, enough, so that, IF – – – IF – – – you used our State’s monies for any or all those cases, just in case, REMEMBER THEN TO KINDLY RE-IMBURSE THE STATE FOR ANY SUCH LEGAL OR OTHER BILLS INCURRED IN THE PUTTING OF THOSE CASES.

    Yea, man, FAIR IS FAIR.

    DOWN WITH Russian – Cuban COMMUNISM.

    CUBANS GO HOME !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 20, 2012, 00:31
  5. “as we forgive them that accuse us of rape”

    Posted by Peter | May 20, 2012, 18:08
  6. HOW MUCH DO THE VENEZUELAN CRAPO”S OWE US FOR THE CUBAN MARXIST’S WAGES? WHAT IS THE RUNNING FIGURE NOW?

    GONSALVES SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSABLE FOR THIS MONEY, BECAUSE HE LIED TO US, AND HE LIED TO PARLIAMENT.

    Posted by Peter | May 20, 2012, 18:12
  7. Being in svg when the country is broke can be very stressful as pm,so imagine you’re a bird and fly fly little bird l.o.l fly to tawan,fly to england,fly around the world in 80 days,let Girlin handle the stress

    Posted by Jahu | May 20, 2012, 22:07
  8. GONSALVES, go to Canada, I dare you, your a coward.

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 12:51
  9. GONSALVES, Canada is waiting for you, there is a special welcome awaiting you, Be a man and go to Canada, stop being a coward, if you have nothing to fear go.

    Posted by Peter | May 22, 2012, 12:55
  10. In the communist ideological subversion, the saboteurs are taught to even slap their chests and proclaim that they are NOT COMMUNISTS – – – as a strategy and tactic – – – WHEN THEY ACTUALLY ARE COMMUNISTS.

    REMEMBER? Promises are LIKE PIE-CRUSTS, made TO BE BROKEN.

    It is communistically O.K. to LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, RAVISH, and KILL – – – in furtherance of the UNCHANGING GOALS OF THE MARXIST-LENINIST WORLD REVOLUTION. Words are mere tools to deceive, for them.

    SVG for ever.

    CUBANS, GO HOME !

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 00:31
  11. A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS.

    ACTIONS SPEAK FAR LOUDER THAN WORDS, TOO.

    KENTON, bring back that full length pix of the leftist PM, with the big belly fully obvious, and a lickle leaning on the cane. Did he say “NOT RECKLESSS WITH HIS HEALTH” ? Is ‘reckless’ the appropriate word ? The photo tells !

    Greed is the word. Indiscipline is the mind-set.

    This embarrassing picture tells a story of AN UNDISCIPLINED MIND, bad thoughts, and evil deeds meeting a taste of retribution. THE GUY LOOKS FORTY (40) YEARS OLDER THAN Mr. EUSTACE, EVEN THOUGH THE TWO OF THEM ARE ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AGE.

    AN UN-DISCIPLINED MIND, LEADS TO AN UN-DISCIPLINE PALATE, LEADS TO AN UN-DISCIPLINED APPETITE, LEADS TO AN UN-DISCIPLINED STOMACH, LEADS TO AN UN-DISCIPLINED GUT.

    WHAT A PICTURE.

    TELLS A STORY OF GREED.

    Utterly LACKING in DISCIPLINE.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 24, 2012, 09:44
  12. So fat its difficult to wash and shower, at the official residence he has to step over a wall into a bath tub to shower, he has fallen and slipped on tiles there before, so most times he leaves it.

    How do I know this? because I have someone at his table, under his bed and everywhere he goes.

    Perhaps he should install a sheep dip.

    Wash man, wash

    Stinker

    Posted by Peter | May 25, 2012, 19:49

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