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This April 2011 file photo shows Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as he addressed Vincentian in Taiwan. Gonsalves at the time used a cane and wore an orthopaedic stocking to cope with the flight to Taiwan because of a leg injury. He earlier this year that he began last July to take care of himself in a more focused way. Gonsalves was treated at a hospital in Barbados for an abscess on the weekend.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was Monday night discharged from hospital in Barbados, where he spent the weekend receiving treatment for an abscess, Foreign Affairs Minister Sen. Douglas Slater said in a statement.

Gonsalves was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados where he was receiving treatment after falling ill en route to the Middle East for official duties overseas on Wednesday.

“He is recuperating satisfactorily and was assessed by his doctors to be well enough to continue his recovery out of the hospital. He will however continue to rest and receive any necessary follow-up medical care and hopes to return home in St Vincent by the weekend,” Slater, a physician, said in the statement.

“He again wishes to convey his sincerest gratitude to the many persons who have wished him well and have been praying for his speedy recovery,” the statement added.

Slater, in a statement Monday morning, said Gonsalves was admitted to hospital after initial test in his hotel room.

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He was admitted to the health care facility “to make it more convenient to carry out the necessary investigations and also out of an abundance of caution to ensure that the best medical care was available with the least effort”.

The tests disclosed that there seemed to be “a focus of infection somewhere which was manifested as a persistent fever among other symptoms.

“It was subsequently discovered that there was a skin infection resulting in the formation of an abscess. The abscess has been drained and other necessary treatment initiated,” according to the statement Monday morning.

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