Jamaica House says Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller is suffering from a bout of laryngitis and will be unable to keep a number of scheduled speaking engagements this week.
A statement from Jamaica House this afternoon, says a hectic schedule including weeks of public speaking activities has led to an irritation of her vocal cords.
As a result, Prime Minister Simpson Miller has been advised by her doctor to rest her voice.
Jamaica House says while the Prime Minister remains on the job, she will miss several events at which she was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
The Prime Minister has extended to the organisers of those activities her apologies for any inconvenience caused and has made arrangements, where possible, for other Ministers of Government to represent her.
Laryngitis is swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the voice box (larynx). The problem is most often associated with hoarseness or loss of voice.
The voice box (larynx) is located at the top of the airway to the lungs (trachea). The larynx contains the vocal cords. When the vocal cords become inflamed or infected, they swell. This can cause hoarseness. Sometimes the airway can get blocked.