Saturday 18 November, 2017

Family denies newspaper report: Cuffie doing well

Relatives of Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie have expressed confusion over an article in a daily newspaper which described his condition as grim after he reportedly suffered a stroke.

Speaking with LoopTT on Thursday evening, Andre Cuffie, the Minister’s nephew said the assertion that his uncle was not doing well could not be further from the truth.

“I just left the hospital, he is recovering very well. Doctors are pleased with his recovery... he is talking, he’s doing good.”

“When we saw that report, it was a shock to us. Family members wanted to know if something happened and they didn’t know.

That was not the case. He is good.”  

Cuffie’s nephew said the family does not know who the reporter at the newspaper would have spoken with to give the impression that things were “grim”.

The Minister has been hospitalised since last Tuesday for a “medical episode”.

His nephew said he is in high spirits and his doctors have noted positive improvements in his condition daily.  

“Just today he was telling us that he was bored. He’s doing good.”

Cuffie’s doctors are optimistic that he will be back to work soon.

Asked to confirm whether the Minister in fact suffered a stroke, his nephew said he suffered a “medical episode”.

Officials at the Ministry could not speak to the Minister’s condition or the mood of staff there as they were not “authorised” to so do.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley extended best wishes to Cuffie and assured that his Ministry and constituency would be well taken care of.

“We are very concerned that one of our colleagues, the Minister of Public Administration and Communications who has suffered a serious medical setback. His family has informed us and we are in touch with him on an ongoing basis…he is making some progress…”

“He is dealing with a serious medical challenge which will see him not being able to function in the short-term at least and we are all praying for him and wishing him the best…as he tries to pull through this challenge.”

“I will hold on there (at the Ministry) for the while. The Office of the Prime Minister will temporarily discharge those duties.”

Rowley indicated, however, that this was only a short-term solution alluding to necessary measures, should the situation warrant it.

“At the constituency level we will ensure that Government takes charge to ensure that that constituency is not left behind. In fact, that constituency may get so much attention…in the short-term.”

Asked to confirm the episode that left his Cabinet colleague hospitalised for the past nine days, the Prime Minister repeated the family’s statement that he suffered a medical episode.