The Government has granted authorization for the utilization of aircraft owned by LIAT (1974) Ltd. to promptly proceed to Guyana. Their mission is to assist in the airlifting of medical personnel and injured students for treatment in Barbados, subsequent to a devastating fire that occurred at a school in Guyana.
According to reports, the fire, believed to be an intentional act of arson, claimed the lives of 19 students. Allegedly, an individual deliberately set fire to the sleeping quarters where the children were staying, resulting in its complete destruction.
In a letter addressed to His Excellency Irfaan Ali, the President of Guyana, Prime Minister Gaston Browne conveyed condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.
He expressed sympathy to the affected students, their families, as well as the Government and citizens of Guyana. Browne acknowledged the profound grief experienced by the parents and emphasized the need for collective action to provide solace and tranquility during this difficult time.
Having been informed of the Guyanese authorities’ intention to transport the injured students to Barbados for specialized medical care, Prime Minister Browne offered assistance.
He disclosed that arrangements have been made to utilize a burn unit in Barbados to cater to the medical needs of these children. To facilitate their transportation, Browne has engaged the services of LIAT.
Prime Minister Browne clarified that the Antigua and Barbuda Government will collaborate with the airline’s court-appointed administrator to coordinate the logistics, and all associated expenses will be covered by Antigua and Barbuda.
In the meantime, Browne expressed his prayers for the swift recovery of the injured students in the wake of what he described as an immense tragedy.