Mr Seaga still in hospital, but in good spirits

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgFormer Prime Minister Edward Seaga is reportedly in good spirits as he battles the physical effects of a serious illness and receives treatment at a hospital in Miami, Florida.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who flew to the United States to visit the former prime minister on Wednesday, reported that Seaga, who headed the Government of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989, is under close medical supervision by a team of doctors, including Jamaican specialists and nurses, and is surrounded by his family.

"Mr Seaga, who will be 89 at the end of May (May 28), is in positive spirits. I assured our former prime minister that Jamaica is in a good place and that our economic recovery is being carefully managed to ensure social equity and prosperity for the working-class masses of the Jamaican people.

"I also passed on to him the many expressions of concern, love, prayers and good wishes for him from the Jamaican people and from his former constituency of West Kingston," said Holness.

He added that, among many other national and personal matters about which they spoke, Seaga enquired about football, which became a passion for him in later life.

"Minister Olivia Grange, who was also with me, updated him and it generated a light moment where we all smiled and laughed.

"At the end of the visit, we all held hands and prayed with Mr Seaga for his improvement. He thanked us for lifting his spirit by visiting him and expressed his deep gratitude and love for the Jamaican people, whom he served all his life," said Holness.

Seaga holds the record as Jamaica's longest serving member of parliament, having represented Kingston Western for almost 43 years, from 1962 until he retired in 2005.

He served as leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.