Health minister, Julius Timothy, has responded to criticism over why he is not leading a delegation to Cuba to discuss the Ebola crisis.
According to Timothy, he has work to do in his constituency.
The meeting in Cuba was convened by Venezuela’s president, Nicholas Maduro, for ALBA countries to take a look at the Ebola situation.
Agriculture minister, Matthew Walter, was chosen to lead Dominica’s delegation. He is accompanied by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson and National Epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Ricketts.
Timothy has been heavily criticized for not leading the delegation as minister of health.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Timothy said Walter was chosen because he has more time.
“The truth is the minister of agriculture is not contesting elections again and he has more time,” Timothy said. “I just came from St. Vincent, I have to do my own work in my constituency, so that is why he is heading the team.”
Timothy is contesting the Roseau North Constituency for the Dominica Labour Party against Danny Lugay of the United Workers Party in the upcoming general election.