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GUYANA | Granger completes cancer therapy in Cuba, will pursue light workload

Featured Guyana's ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed (left) has the attention of President David Granger (right) shortly after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells. Guyana's ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed (left) has the attention of President David Granger (right) shortly after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells.
GEORGETOWN, April 21, 2019 - Guyana's President David Granger yesterday completed radiotherapy treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the Republic of Cuba following diagnosis last December that he was afflicted with that particular type of cancer.

Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, said Saturday that Granger has been advised to avoid a heavy workload and have few public engagements for the time being,

“In terms of his resumption of official duties, they have cautioned against too heavy a work load immediately and have advised that care must be taken in pursuing excessive public engagements at this time," Majeed said.

the Ambassador Majeed pointed out that the Guyanese leader successfully completed his regime of radiotherapy more than two weeks after he returned to Cuba for radiotherapy for that type of blood cancer.”

“There has been no complication in this cycle of treatment and his medical specialists are looking forward to his recovery and his return to normalcy,” he said.

The President will continue a schedule of medication prescribed by his doctors and, according to Majeed, is expected to return to Cuba at a time to be determined by his Cuban medical team.

In the eantime, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla met President David Granger on Thursday, for the fourth time  since the President has been undergoing medical treatment and evaluation in Cuba. He warmly congratulated the President on the state of his physical well-being and the completion of the cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

They reviewed President Granger’s visit to the Cuban National Zoological Park, the Botanic Garden of the University of Havana and the Escuela Taller de la Habana in Old Havana. They agreed that those first-hand engagements were extremely valuable and that they opened additional avenues of cooperation between Guyana and Cuba.

They agreed further that arrangements should be made through diplomatic channels for a Cuban technical team to travel to Guyana to engage their counterparts and to consider the possibility of collecting and cataloging specimens of Guyana’s flora and fauna.

President Granger explained to Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez that he was impressed with the skills training at Escuela Taller, especially in the areas of conservation and restoration of public and national buildings.  It was agreed that the possibility of the transfer of technology which could be used in the restoration of Guyana’s wooden buildings should be pursued at the diplomatic level.

The matter of tourism, including multi-destination tourism, was also discussed and there was concurrence that this was another area for further cooperation between Guyana and Cuba which should be taken up through the usual diplomatic channels.

President Granger has iterated his gratitude to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raúl Castro, First Vice-President of Cuba Salvador Valdés Mesa, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Ambassador in Guyana Narciso Reinaldo Socorro, the Medical Team at CIMEQ (the Havana hospital where the President has been receiving treatment), the CARICOM Caucus in Cuba, and the many colleagues, friends and well-wishers who have extended best wishes for his full recovery and have prayed for his return to good health and physical well-being.


  • Countries: Guyana

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