Davies out sick
After undergoing surgery last weekend, Minister of Transport and Works Dr Omar Davies has signalled that he will be temporarily off the job.
The Gleaner understands that a cardiac pacemaker was installed during the surgery. It is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms.
This device uses low-energy electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Davies is a former finance minister who has served as member of parliament for South St Andrew for 21 years.
The minister confirmed in a statement that he would be away from office for a short while, based on the advice of his doctors.
"Last week Monday, I experienced a brief blackout which necessitated a team of medical personnel carrying out tests," said Davies. "Following the tests, the cause was identified and corrective action taken. I was hospitalised on Saturday, followed by my release on Sunday."
Davies said that during his absence, his ministerial duties will being carried out by minister without portfolio in the ministry, Dr Morais Guy as well as State Minister Richard Azan.