Guyana President returns home after medical treatment in Cuba

President David Granger

Guyana’s President David Granger has been given the greenlight to travel home after receiving treatment over the past 3 weeks for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the Caribbean island of Cuba.

The Guyana Embassy in Cuba said in a statement on Monday that the President has received the first round of chemotherapy treatment and, according to the Medical Team, has responded very well. As such, his medical team of Cuban Specialists has given approval for him to travel to Guyana on Tuesday, November 20.

The President continues his daily routine of work, treatment and rest under the supervision of his medical team, the statement said. On Friday, November 9, Mr. Granger met Cuba’s First VicePresident, Salvador Valdes Mesa (who was performing the duties of the President of Cuba), and Vice-Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, to discuss a number of matters of mutual interest.

The statement said President Granger may be required to return to Havana in a time prescribed by his medical team in order to examine and evaluate the progress of his recovery – and to extend his schedule of treatment.

Mr Granger, who has direct responsibility for petroleum in Guyana, arrived in Havana on Tuesday, October 30, initially, for a medical investigation which was deemed necessary because of an unusual physical discomfort.

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.

The President’s medical personnel began the second phase of treatment on Wednesday, November 14, after which he was placed in CIMEQ for a short period of two to three days.