Wednesday 2 December, 2020

'Take COVID seriously,' says Basil Waite ahead of hospital release

Basil Waite

Basil Waite

Deputy General Secretary of the People's National Party (PNP), Basil Waite has urged Jamaicans to be vigilant and take COVID-19 seriously, after being hospitalised with the virus. 

In a statement on his Facebook page, Waite said he would be released from hospital on Friday, and will continue his quarantine at home. 

"As you may already be aware, I was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) earlier this week due to COVID-19 related complications. I thank our Almighty God that He has carried me through the worst of this ordeal," he posted. 

The PNP caretaker for the North East St Elizabeth constituency expressed his gratitude to the medical personnel for the care they provided him since his hospitalisation there on Sunday.

"I express my overwhelming pride and gratitude for the extraordinary organization that is the UHWI, and Jamaica's health officials by extension. Specifically, I extend personal gratitude to Dr Kelvin Metalor of the Department of Surgery, Anaethesia and Intensive Care. 

"I am grateful to the superb team of doctors, medical professionals, and ancillary staff who extended exemplary professionalism and care to me and their hundreds of other patients," he stated. 

Waite went on to call on Jamaicans to listen to the guidance of the island's health officials.

"As you continue to build your immune system, and fortify your mind against this virus, pay keen attention to the guidance from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Please be considerate and protective of each other as we navigate the dislocations and uncertainties caused by this global pandemic," he added. 

The politician continued to ask for the prayers of citizens, including his supporters while he recuperated "fully from the ravages to my respiratory system."

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