President completes Radiotherapy in Cuba, medical experts warn against heavy workload


President David Granger has completed his regime of radiotherapy treatment in Cuba Saturday and will be returning to Guyana later this evening.

This is according to the Ministry of the Presidency which said in a statement that there has been no complication in this cycle of the President’s treatment and his medical specialists are looking forward to his recovery and his return to normalcy.

However, in terms of his resumption of official duties, medical experts have advised against a too heavy workload immediately and that “care must be taken in pursuing excessive public engagements.”

The President’s next return to Cuba has not yet been decided by his Cuban medical team.

During this time, the Ministry said the Head of State will continue a schedule of medication prescribed by his doctors.

The President has been undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma –a type of Cancer which develops in a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body.

He was diagnosed with the disease in November 2018 and commenced treatment at the Centre for Medical, Surgical Research (CIMEQ) in Cuba.

He has since completed his Chemotherapy treatment at the facility.

Meanwhile, during his recent time in Cuba, the Head of State met with Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on Thursday where he congratulated the President on the state of his physical well-being and the completion of the cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

President Granger (center) engages Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla (right). Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, is at left.

This is the fourth time that the Minister has seen the President since he has been undergoing medical treatment and evaluation in Cuba.

Also, President Granger visited the Cuban National Zoological Park, the Botanic Garden of the University of Havana and the Escuela Taller de la Habana in Old Havana.

As a result of those meetings, the two officials agreed 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 cataloguing specimens of Guyana’s flora and fauna.

It was also 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, given the skills and training at Escuela Taller.

The Ministry of the Presidency said 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.

The President also met with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana on April 06, who at that time was on a four-day State Visit to Cuba.

President Granger is seen receiving President Akufo-Addo (right). In the center is Ambassador Majeed. Backing the camera is Ambassador Napoleon Abdulai.

The two Presidents discussed economic and cultural cooperation and agreed that relations between the two States should be deepened.

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