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Ingrid Melville has resigned as a member and Chairman of the Board of the TRHA with immediate effect.

As Tobago works to battle COVID-19 cases on the island, the chairman of the Tobago Regional Health Authority’s(TRHA) board of directors, Ingrid Melville, has resigned.

But the deputy chairman will now lead the board.

Melville’s resignation was confirmed by the TRHA.

Guardian Media understands she sent in her resignation letter on June 15.

In it, she stated:

“I wish to inform you that I have tendered my resignation as a member and Chairman of the Board of the TRHA with immediate effect.

“Undoubtedly, these are difficult times as the TRHA is at the forefront of Tobago’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have carefully considered and weighed this as I made the decision to resign. I believe that as an entity, the Board of the TRHA is at a place where all members have a sound understanding of the organisation which you are called upon to lead,” said Melville.

She continued in her letter, “I know that the Executive carefully selected each member and your talent and skills would serve the organisation in good stead.”

Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Tracy Davidson-Celestine, thanked Melville for her contribution.

In a statement, Davidson-Celestine said, “Ms Melville has served the board admirably and we are grateful for her time and dedication. Her institutional knowledge is of tremendous value and will leave a definitive gap.”

The statement said a “suitable and swift replacement will be made.”

However, effective yesterday deputy chairman Beverly Nola Adams will lead the board in the meantime.