Thursday 1 October, 2020

Audley Shaw explains hoarse swearing-in outing

Audley Shaw (left), Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, elbow bumps Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after being sworn in to office at King's House on Sunday.

Audley Shaw (left), Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, elbow bumps Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after being sworn in to office at King's House on Sunday.

Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, has sought to allay mushrooming concerns among members of the public about his health after a video circulating on social media showed a gaunt-looking, hoarse, weak-voiced 'Man a Yard' at Sunday's swearing-in ceremony at King's House in St Andrew.

"I had a vocal cord injury causing my hoarseness," Minister Shaw tweeted on Monday. 

He then followed up with a dose of sunny optimism: "Voice improving day by day though".

The vocal cords are two bands of elastic muscle tissue. They are located side by side in the voice box (larynx) just above the windpipe (trachea). Like other tissues in the body, vocal cords can be strained and damaged. Vocal cords are also subject to infections, tumors and trauma.

It was reported in March this year that Shaw had been recovering in a St Andrew hospital following a successful surgery. The nature of Shaw's illness could not be determined by the media at that time and no one has since disclosed the gravity or nature of his illness. 

---Claude Mills

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