Madam Speaker, this sectoral presentation marks a milestone in my personal career as well as that of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which I have had the honour to lead for nearly seven years.
This is the longest I have served as Minister for a portfolio, having served in two other Ministries. But more importantly, I have been privileged to lead a team of dedicated and competent public health sector workers to steer the response through the most significant health threat in over 100 years. I would like to give God thanks for His many blessings and guidance.
I would like to thank the health team for their unrelenting dedication and commitment. I would like to thank our multilateral and bilateral partners who have given consistent support and our local private and public sector partners for their interests, constructive criticisms and collective efforts.
I would like to thank the Most Honorable Prime Minister for his leadership and my Cabinet colleagues and parliamentarians, on both sides of this House and in the Upper House, for their critical support to the COVID-19 fight. I must also thank the municipal corporations across the island, who through their network of collaborators have greatly facilitated the achievements of the health team.
Madam Speaker, I would like to express my appreciation to my family whose support and love I value and cherish.