GEORGETOWN, Guyana, November 14, 2018 (CMC) – President David Granger, today, began the second phase of treatment at a hospital in Cuba, after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the lymph system.
Symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss and tiredness, as well as bone pain, chest pain or itchiness.
A statement, issued by Halim Majeed, the Guyana Ambassador to Cuba, said that Granger, 73, underwent a surgical procedure at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) on November 1, and five days later, was discharged 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, the 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,” the statement said.
Granger, accompanied by his wife, had travelled to Havana on October 30, initially for a medical investigation, which he deemed necessary because of unusual physical discomfort.
The statement said that he was received by a Cuban medical team, which commenced the first phase of medical examination and that the disease was discovered after a series of medical tests.
“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,” Majeed said in the statement.
He said that “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 diplomat said that the Guyana Embassy in Havana “will be issuing another statement, prior to the departure of His Excellency, the President, from Cuba”.