The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has not taken kindly to statements made by Guyana Government Advisor Dr. Leslie Ramsammy and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce attacking the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley.
On Thursday, Advisor to the Ministry of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy and the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry, lashed out at the Trinidadian Prime Minister for some statements he made about the vaccination programme in Guyana.
During a recent press conference, Dr. Rowley sought to explain that his country’s vaccine programme started late because his country was only concerned about getting vaccines which were approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). He then pointed out that Guyana’s vaccine programme went ahead of his country’s because Guyana went ahead to procured vaccines which were not yet approved by the WHO.
The statement incensed Dr. Ramsammy and Georgtown Chamber of Commerce although it is factual.
In a fiery statement this morning, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago said the statements against Mr. Rowley issued by the Advisor and the Chamber of Commerce amount to a “disgusting slur” that is slanderous.
“Ironically that slanderous Statement was issued by the Georgetown Chamber mere days after Prime Minister Rowley instructed the relevant arms of his government to organise much needed relief supplies and assistance for Guyana, in response to the Government of Guyana`s request through CARICOM for help with their response to heavy floods,” the Trinidad Government said.
Additionally, the Trinidadian Government said the statement by Dr. Ramsammy was disrespectful, and potentially damaging as well as most reprehensible and slanderous.
“The comments and statement attempt to associate Prime Minister Rowley with views which he does not hold and which he has never expressed. It is noteworthy that in his published commentary Dr. Ramsammy could offer not one single quotation from the Prime Minister to support his false allegations, nor did Dr. Ramsammy offer a shred of evidence to support his misleading claims,” the Trinidad Government said.
The Trinidadian Government said at no point in time has Prime Minister ever disparage the vaccine programme in Guyana, nor has he ever implied that the vaccines in use in Guyana are defective or unsafe, and that is extremely unfortunate that the Advisor to the Ministry of Health of Guyana would use falsehood to publicly attack the Prime Minister of a friendly neighboring country.