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Minister Urges Health Consciousness After Heart Attack


Describing her heart attack last month as a rude awakening, Home Affairs Minister Dr. Virginia Allbert-Poyotte has urged people to pay closer attention to their health.

“This is one message I want to share with everybody,” the Babonneau MP stated.

Albert-Poyotte spoke during the MBC Television programme ‘Can I Help You’.

She explained that she has always been health conscious.

“People believe that when somebody has an ailment they are careless. But when you are health conscious sometimes when you get an attack on whatever, whatever issue of health you have, your previous health habit is what will come to support you,” Albert-Poyotte asserted.

She said the doctors indicated that her heart was in good condition, but there was a blocked artery.

According to the Minister, the doctors used laser technology to open the artery.

“Within a day after I arrived in Martinique the doctor told me ‘Well, you are good to go’,” Albert-Poyotte recalled.

The Minister stated that although not ‘one hundred percent’ yet, she was recovering.

She praised the ‘superb’ doctors in Saint Lucia who cared for her and the medical personnel at the Fort-de-France Hospital Center in Martinique.

In addition, the Minister thanked everyone who prayed on her behalf and supported her.

She said she considered herself a miracle and was happy to be alive and breathing.

In addition, Albert-Poyotte advised individuals to save’ a little something on a side’ while they were healthy so that if they fell sick, they would have the resources to get medical attention.

She also said that contrary to some people’s speculation regarding her health care, she has been a member of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) since 1971.

The former SLTU President recalled that she helped the union implement a medical scheme.

She explained that she is still an SLTU member and part of the insurance scheme.

“So in the event that I am sick, like I was sick here, my insurance would contribute to my medical care,” she told ‘Can I Help You’ host Richard Frederick.


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  1. The irony….these people build and maintain our hospitals but will never use them for themselves….smfh!!

  2. And boom shes a medical doctor just like dat ,she went to heart attack university. Make her minister of health . And send musa to milk the bull.

  3. Dr Poyette get the hell out of there . Where is the minimum wage that you promise on independence day … I hope that you and the current administration is voted out of office in 26…

  4. She took the jab
    It places u at increased risk. COVID itself attacks the heart and gives fast heart rate. A deadly thing that covid

  5. Slu has no health care system. Asking the massive to save something comes out as an insult to the people.These people are not able due to the cost of living. Life has turned everyone in slu into a gambler. They have to gamble everyday with life. Now that you Virginia understands the consequences of being sick. It would be great if you could advocate an insurance system for the people and to start a health campaign on health. Some folks just do not know

  6. You have insurance but your medical bills are paid for by my tax dollars! We need jostice!

  7. St. Lucia’s lack of modern medical facilities, as evidenced by this story, does not inspire confidence for tourists coming from places like the US, Canada, and the UK.


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