Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday denied leaving the country for medical attention on Wednesday, saying that he went to the Southern Grenadines for a meeting with investors.
“Yesterday morning, early, I went down to Canouan. I went by a plane. There are important developers are here in the country and I wanted to talk to them about several matters concerning the development in Canouan,” Gonsalves told a press conference on Thursday.
“And it was a good meeting,” Gonsalves said.
He said his trip resulted in rumours that he was ill.
“I was completely unaware until I came back and was chairing the meeting of Cabinet with several official discussing, I got several messages from people all about, including from overseas, to find out – wishing me well. They hope I recover.
“Apparently, I was taken out on a stretcher overseas,” Gonsalves said.
“And this falsehood, was propagated. Why? I was seen at the airport and apparent when I left or when I came back, the ambulance was around. That’s what my security officers told me. I mean people are so obsessed with Ralph and just speak all these falsehood,” said Gonsalves, who turns 70 in August.
“I mean all I did, I went and did work and I came back in time to do my work here.”
Gonsalves recently injured his leg during a visit to Dominica — the third leg injury in less than a year.
He, however, told iWitness News in late December that he is “fine”.