President completes first phase of cancer treatment

President David Granger (at centre) with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla (right) and Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed. (Embassy of Guyana photo)

President David Granger has successfully completed the first phase of his medical treatment in Cuba for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, according to Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed.

In a statement issued yesterday, Majeed said the Cuban medical specialists who are overseeing President Granger’s medical care have expressed their full satisfaction with his response to chemotherapy and his overall physical well-being. “Based on their expert evaluation of his medical condition, they have deemed it no longer necessary in the treatment of the President,” he added.

The statement said President Granger is expected to commence radiotherapy in early April.

President Granger was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) last October and has been undergoing treatment and evaluation by specialists at that institution since then.

The statement said on Friday Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla paid a Courtesy Call on President Granger and congratulated him on the positive response to the medical treatment. It was the third time the minister visited him since he has been undergoing medical care in Cuba.

The Cuban Foreign Minister, the statement noted, briefed President Granger on the present political and economic situation in Cuba and praised Guyana and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for consistently supporting Cuba. He said that Cuba sees the Caribbean as an extended family and informed President Granger that a Caribbean Heroes Park will be opened next month in Havana.

The statement said President Granger acknowledged the sacrifices made by Cubans nationally and internationally and explained that from his point of view Cuba was a success story in spite of all the hardships the country was enduring. He also took the opportunity of again expressing gratitude to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro, Ambassador of Cuba in Guyana Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, and the medical specialists at CIMEQ.

President Granger was due to return to Guyana yesterday.

 

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