Even as President David Granger remains in Cuba recovering from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, he has been receiving many get well wishes from far and near. Among the most recent are from the parliamentary opposition, the People’s Progressive Party [PPP].
In a statement issued yesterday the PPP said that it joins the rest of the country in wishing President David Granger a speedy recovery and safe return to the shores of Guyana.
The party in its statement, however, said that, “The nation is comforted by the government’s assurance that the President will make a full recovery” and added, “During this period, the PPP offers words of prayer and comfort to his family and loved ones.”
Sharing similar sentiments is the Alliance for Change [AFC] faction of government which is hopeful the President will make “a full and complete recovery”. In a statement too, the AFC said that it is concerned to have learnt of the President’s diagnosis but is yet pleased that he is receiving medical treatment and is in good spirits.
“All Guyanese are aware that President Granger is a man of immense faith and fortitude and the AFC is confident that he will successfully overcome this hurdle and return to his duties as Head of State in due course.”
The party said it is committed to holding “His Excellency, First Lady Sandra Granger, and their relatives in prayer at this challenging time.” AFC’s elder statesman, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, is performing the duties of President during this period and all Guyana and the AFC has assured that the nation will see nothing less than stability and continued astute leadership.
“The AFC looks forward to President Granger’s early return to Guyana and the resumption of his duties as Head of State,” the party added.
The Private Sector Commission [PSC] has claimed to be deeply saddened by the news of the president’s ailment. Moreover the PSC said that its Executive and Membership are optimistic that President Granger will be speedily restored to good health, and that “God will bring him back to us safe and sound so that he will be strong enough to continue the leadership of our country.”
The PSC continued, “We also extend our good wishes to the First Lady and the rest of his family and pray for fortitude and strength for them… We are, however, confident that given his fighting spirit, and the infinite care of his doctors, he will recover fully.”
Pointing out, too, that President Granger is not just the leader of Guyana but also a human as any of us, the PSC said “We pray for our President to get better and for the affairs of the State to return to normal. We are hoping that he will be back with us in time to share in the festivities of the Christmas season.”
Just Wednesday the nation learnt that the President, who travelled to Cuba last month to undergo medical tests, was recovering well from his ailment. His diagnosis came on the heels of a series of tests conducted at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas [CIMEQ] on Thursday, November 1, where he underwent a surgical procedure.
According to Guyana Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, on Tuesday, November 6, the President was discharged from CIMEQ and returned to his official accommodation in Cuba. However, medical personnel on Wednesday started a second phase of treatment and, according to Majeed, “he is likely to be placed in CIMEQ for a short period of two to three days.”
The President, he said, has been working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors and “is in fine form and a good frame of mind. He is expected to fully recover under the supervision of his doctors.”
Already the President has expressed gratitude to Guyanese in homeland and in the Diaspora, to the various Prime Ministers and Presidents, to the CARICOM Diplomatic Caucus in Cuba, to his friends and colleagues, and all those who sent their best wishes for his full and complete recovery – and his speedy return to Guyana.
Above all, the President has publicly thanked His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Cuba, the Government of Cuba, and the medical staff of CIMEQ for the special care and attention which he has received and, indeed, for the excellent facilities in which he is being accommodated.
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