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TCI: Samajeo Williams Appointed As Director of National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL)

#TurksandCaicos, April 24, 2021 – The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Samajeo Williams to the post of Director of the National Public Health Laboratory.

Following his return from the United Kingdom where he worked as a registered Biomedical Scientist, Mr. Williams who is an accredited Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology, joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as the Chief Medical Technologist within the National Public Health Laboratory in November 2019 and was subsequently appointed to act in the post of Director of the National Laboratory during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the islands.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Newcastle University and a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in Healthcare Science-Infection Sciences from the University of West England.

Mr. Williams in commenting on his appointment said: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Director of the Turks and Caicos National Public Health Laboratory and look forward to meeting the challenges that it will present head on. This marks the accomplishment of a goal and major milestone that I set for myself when I went off to the UK to study, which was to return home with sufficient knowledge and experience to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of our country’s healthcare. I never imagined I would have the opportunity so soon after returning to be one of the many diligent persons at the helm as we are navigating our way through this pandemic.

I am grateful for the trust that has been bestowed in me to direct the National Public Health Laboratory to new heights and milestones. I thank God for the opportunity and I am sure that with his strength and the support of my family and co-workers, I will do the Turks and Caicos Islands well!”

Commenting on Mr. Williams appointment, Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams said: “It gives me great pleasure to officially announce and congratulate Mr. Samajeo Williams on his appointment to the post of Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Public Health Laboratory.

When Samajeo joined the NPHL in 2019 I can frankly state that we did not realize at the time that we were making one of the most important appointments of our lifetime!

To say that he has been an asset to the National Public Health Laboratory would be an understatement as he been has been a phenomenon to not only the Ministry of Health and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, but to the entire Turks and Caicos Islands as a whole; as he and his team at the NPHL have worked to not only upgrade, but to completely transform the work and capabilities of the National Public Health Laboratory.

Several months ago the Turks and Caicos did not have the capability to test for viruses such as the Coronavirus. We instead at the beginning of this pandemic had to rely on the assistance of the Bahamas and CARPHA to test our samples that had to be transported overseas. However through the hard work, leadership and dedication of Samajeo and his team we now have the capability to provide on island real time testing, as well as numerous other capabilities.

Samajeo and his team have worked long, hard hours in peak periods during this pandemic and for this the Turks and Caicos owes Samajeo and his team a huge thank you for the work that they have and continue to do. He not only deserves this appointment, but also deserves to be recognized as one of TCI’s Pandemic Heroes for the dedicated service that he has provided throughout this pandemic in helping to accurately diagnose COVID-19 cases here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Congratulations Samajeo! You have already and will continue to do well!”

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