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The government of St Lucia has announced that a local fisherman, who had been rescued by Panamanian authorities after his boat was found adrift a few weeks ago, is expected to return home some time this week. This comes following pleas for help from the government by his family.

According to a statement from Government’s Press Secretary Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, the Government of Saint Lucia which has been working closely with Panamian authorities to ensure the safe return of Alfred Lazarus will be meeting the cost of his ticket from Panama to Saint Lucia. Health Minister Alvina Reynolds, who is currently in Panama on state business, began her trip by visiting Mr. Lazarus, the Saint Lucian fisherman, who has been missing for eight weeks. 

The Health Minister, who is accompanied by the Principal Nursing Officer, has reported that despite his ordeal, he appears to be in high spirits and is patiently awaiting his journey home.

Mr. Lazarus also reported that the authorities in Panama have been kind to him and have made his stay as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances.

However, issues such as his health condition as well as the availability of the necessary travel documents had to be considered and have been sorted.

Therefore, it is expected that Mr. Lazarus will return home sometime this week.
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