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Guyana appoints new health minister

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:45 AM

Guyana's President Donald Ramotar has named Dr Jennifer Westford as the country's new Health Minister after the appointment of Dr Bheri Ramsaran was revoked.

A brief statement from the Office of the President, said Ramsaran, who had been criticised by various organisations following his remarks to an anti-government activist earlier this month, had been relieved of his Ministerial duties following a meeting with the President.

The statement said the President reiterated his outrage at the verbal outbursts and insults uttered by the Minister recently.

Earlier this month, Ramsaran apologised to an anti-government rights activist acknowledging that he had used harsh words to her after being provoked into anger.

Media reports had earlier indicated that Ramsaran had cursed the female anti-government activist and thought of slapping her and having her stripped.