President Granger being treated for cancer in Cuba

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File photo: President David Granger and First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport before they departed to Cuba

President David Granger has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of caner that originates in the white blood cells which forms part of the body’s immune system, and is currently receiving treatment in Cuba.

President Granger and First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger departed Guyana on October 30 for Cuba so that he could undergo a medical investigation.

After the President and the First Lady did not return in time for Local Government Elections, held on November 12, speculations were raised as to the state of his health.

According to an official statement from the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the Republic of Cuba, by Ambassador Halim Majeed, Granger initially underwent a surgical procedure and on Wednesday began a second phase of treatment, where he is expected to stay at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) for two to three more days.

Moreover, Majeed outlined that “during this time, President has been working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors. He is in fine form and a good frame of mind. He is expected to fully recover under the supervision of his doctors.”

See the Embassy’s full statement below:

The Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the Republic of Cuba wishes to make the following official Statement on the presence of His Excellency, Brigadier David Arthur Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in the Republic of Cuba.

His Excellency, the President, arrived in Havana on Tuesday, October 30, initially, for a medical investigation which he deemed necessary because of an unusual physical discomfort. He was received by a Cuban Medical Team which commenced the first phase of medical examination.

Subsequent to a series of medical tests, the President was diagnosed as suffering from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was placed in the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) on Thursday, November 1, where he underwent a surgical procedure. On Tuesday, November 6, His Excellency, the President, was discharged from CIMEQ and returned to his official accommodation.

The President’s medical personnel has now begun the second phase of treatment today, Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and he is likely to be placed in CIMEQ for a short period of two to three days.

During this time, President has been working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors. He is in fine form and a good frame of mind. He is expected to fully recover under the supervision of his doctors.

His Excellency, the President, wishes to express his deep gratitude to Guyanese in the Homeland and in the Diaspora, to the various Prime Ministers and Presidents, to the CARICOM Diplomatic Caucus in Cuba, to his friends and colleagues, and all those who sent their best wishes for his full and complete recovery – and his speedy return to Guyana.

Above all, the President would like to publicly thank His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Cuba, the Government of Cuba, and the medical staff of CIMEQ for the special care and attention which he has received while in Havana – and, indeed, for the excellent facilities in which he is being accommodated.

The Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the Republic of Cuba will be issuing another Statement prior to the departure of His Excellency, the President, from Cuba.

Halim Majeed

Ambassador of Guyana to the Republic of Cuba

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