PORT OF SPAIN Trinidad and Tobago, March 4, 2019 (CMC) – Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, announced, yesterday, that he will be traveling to the United States, tomorrow, to undergo medical tests, regarding his heart.
“I am in my 69th year, I am not as young as I used to be. There are benefits at being at my age, but there’s also downsides,” he told reporters, adding “As a matter of fact, I take this in stride going forward.”
“There was a time when I didn’t have any such condition and, like I said, I had no such symptoms that slowed me down or caused me to think; but I have to be aware, and modern technology allows one to be aware of what is happening with you,” he explained.
Rowley told reporters that he was “delinquent” in dealing with the situation after his doctors had informed him of the matter in 2017.
“I should have gone back to do these tests, last year September, but that was the budget time, and so on and so on, and I put it off,” he said, adding that after the budget, he had to deal with the revamping of the state-owned oil company, Petrofin 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. So I am going to take it now,” he said, adding that he would be out of the country “for a couple of days”.
“I am in relatively good health, but I have observations to make and I have to be guided by the experts, who are better at telling me what is happening. It starts with a series of tests,” he said, revealing that the tests would be done in California.
“What do we do, I don’t have a choice. 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…I hope they don’t have to contact me about their day’s work, but we do consult on matters that are sufficiently important to require that kind of consultation,” he added.