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The Guyanese leader was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the Spanish-speaking nation when he travelled there for a “medical investigation” on October 30. His return to the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) in Havana is one of several trips he will have to make in the months to come, he said yesterday morning on his departure from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The President, who is accompanied by his wife, First Lady Sandra Granger, said CIMEQ has drafted a schedule of treatment which will run until May 2019.
“In my first visit, I had not only the biopsy but a series of tests and examinations and I also had my first cycle of chemotherapy. I now have to return for succeeding five cycles, so this is the second cycle and I hope to return much more quickly than I did the first visit because this is simply the administration of chemotherapy. So, presumably after the tests which will be done today [Tuesday], I will have the chemotherapy and return by weekend,” he said.
The Head of State added that after this round of treatment, he would return to Cuba later this month for the third cycle of chemotherapy.
“I expect that by the start of the New Year my progress, which has been gradual so far, will be sufficient to allow me to take on more duties,” he said.
On the advice of his team of Cuban specialist doctors, President Granger reduced his workload and scaled back public engagements when he returned home last month from Cuba.
Meanwhile, he has expressed gratitude to all who sent their well wishes for his full and complete recovery.
“I think my illness, although personally unfortunate, has brought forth a response by the Guyanese public, not to a politician, not to a political leader, but to a national President. I think they feel the presidency is what is being jeopardized by this threat to my health and I think what I have seen so far, both privately and publicly, are favourable national concern that the Head of State, whomever he may be, should enjoy the best health,” he said.
President Granger also thanked Caribbean Heads of Government, business leaders, his colleagues, the churches and the public, particularly those who held vigils while he was in Cuba, for their prayers and support.
“I am encouraged and, you know, in certain medical situations, psychological and psyche factors are very important. I am very grateful, very thankful. I look forward to resuming my full duties as early as possible,” he said.