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BARRY ALLEYNE, barryalleyne@nationnews.com

Added 11 August 2020


Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George yesterday defending his decision to give the go-ahead for Senator Lisa Cummins to return to Parliament last Wednesday. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George is standing firm.

He is sticking with his decision to sign a letter of clearance for new Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins and endorsing her presence in the Senate last Wednesday, which led to a walkout by four senators and, later, heavy public criticism.

George was bombarded by questions from the media yesterday at the ministry’s Culloden Road, St Michael headquarters during a press conference to reveal that one of the Ghanaian nurses had also tested positive for malaria. He was resolute he had done the right thing.

“I believe what I did was the scientific approach. Obviously, things were said in other places regarding the decision I have made. We in this ministry have assured the public we use a steady hand when we make decisions. We have agreed the risk, to start with, was extremely low, and I stand by my decision to issue the letter.” (BA)

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