Former Governor-General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, 83, is in hospital, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Sunday.
“I pause to say that we must keep Sir Frederick in our prayers. He is now hospitalised and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Gonsalves told his Unity Labour Party’s convention in Campden Park.
“He is a great man, a humanist, he has a fantastic soul and spirit and he loves this country more than he loves himself.”
Gonsalves mentioned Sir Frederick as he spoke about the ULP’s health policies and the ways in residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the region have benefitted from them.
Specifically, he was speaking about Sir Frederick and SVG’s contribution to the World Paediatric Project, where Vincentians and other persons in the eastern Caribbean from birth to 21 years old can access acute medical care of a developed world quality free in SVG and in the United States.
Sir Frederick, a retired cardiologist, served as Governor-General from Sept. 2, 2002 until July 31, 2019.
In July 2019, Gonsalves announced that Sir Frederick had indicated a desire to demit office, for health reasons.
Susan Dougan, a retired educator and former Cabinet Secretary succeeded him, taking up the post on Aug. 1, 2019.