(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has expressed sadness over the recent news of illness that has befallen the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger.
President Granger travelled to Havana, Cuba on Oct. 30, initially for a medical investigation, which he deemed necessary due to an unusual physical discomfort. Subsequent to a series of medical tests, the president was diagnosed as suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body.
“I am deeply moved by the recent news of your illness and hospitalization in the Republic of Cuba” Prime Minister Harris said in a letter to President Granger. “I wish to convey on behalf of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis and on my behalf, best wishes for your speedy recovery.
“We are mindful of the progressive agenda which you currently spearhead in your native Guyana. Your full recovery will afford you the opportunity to continue on the path of poverty alleviation, economic and social development of your beloved country and by extension, the wider region.”
With Granger’s highly specialized medical care, treatment for nearly three weeks and his positive response to the medical interventions and treatment, the medical team of Cuban specialists granted approval for President Granger to travel. As a result, he departed Havana Nov. 20, destined for Guyana.
A statement from the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the Republic of Cuba stated that President Granger “may be required to return to Havana in a time prescribed by his medical team in order to examine and evaluate the progress of his recovery and to extend his schedule of treatment.”