Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee dispatched a team of persons of the Collective Preventive Services, under the leadership of Dr. Asin to assess and investigate the disturbing complaints regarding several young persons participating in the Leeward Islands Debate competition becoming ill during the past 2 days. Most of these persons are staying at the Maho resort, but some from St. Maarten reportedly also fell ill.
The Minister was apprised of the situation on Friday evening by the President of Parliament, Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams, who was at the event.
The Minister has already received the first briefing by his Department and the President of Parliament has requested the Minister to urgently inform the Parliament of the initial findings by letter and subsequently keep the Parliament informed of the developments and ongoing investigations. The minister has also immediately involved and mobilized the Inspectorate of Public Health. The president of Parliament has expressed her sincerest regrets and wishes all those affected the best and a speedy recovery.
President of Parliament and DP leader.
Source: The Daily Herald Investigation into illness of Leeward Islands Debate team members