Gov’t rejects ‘malicious’ article on President Granger’s health

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The Government has rejected an article being circulated on social media headlined, ‘President cannot speak- Cancer is in the throat’, as “malicious and wicked.”

The article was published by an online news entity, managed by a convicted fraudster, known as Guyana Guardian.

“Despite the Ministry of the Presidency’s issuing of several press releases and videos of the Head of State on the issue of his health, the Guyana Guardian continues to spread fake news via its website and Facebook page with the intent of causing public mischief and panic,” a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency noted.

The Government made it clear that President David Grangerhas been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and not throat cancer as is being suggested by the online media outfit –something which has been widely reportedon since his diagnosis.

The Head of State is currently being treated in the Republic of Cuba by specialists.

President Granger and his wife, First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger departed Guyana for Cuba on December 4, 2018 to undergo a second round of treatment at the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ).

Prior to his departure on December 4, the President explained that CIMEQ has drafted a schedule of treatment which will run untilMay 2019. After his second round of treatment, the President is expected to return to Cuba later this month to begin the third cycle of chemotherapy.

The video of the interview was shared with the media and posted online.

The statement noted, “while the Government of Guyanarespects the fundamental right of its citizens to freedom of speech, as well as press freedom, it condemns in the strongest possible way, the publishing of misinformation, untruths.”

The Ministry of the Presidency is calling on members of thepublic not to be duped by the misinformation, falsehoods and distortions consistently published by the Guyana Guardian.

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