Pres­i­dent’s mes­sage is that he’s re­ceiv­ing best med­i­cal care in the world

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Dear Ed­i­tor, Guyana’s Pres­i­dent David Granger, who is cur­rently in Cuba for med­i­cal at­ten­tion has said that he is re­ceiv­ing “the best med­i­cal care in the world”. This is the mes­sage he sent through Guyana’s am­bas­sador to Cuba, Halim Ma­jeed, to the cer­e­mony to mark Cuba/CARICOM Day, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 46th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Cuba and four CARICOM mem­ber states-Bar­ba­dos, Guyana, Ja­maica and Trinidad and Tobago.

This is Pres­i­dent Granger’s se­cond visit to Cuba over the past six weeks for a se­cond round of med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion.

Am­bas­sador Ma­jeed who de­liv­ered the fea­ture ad­dress at the cer­e­mony ear­lier yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at the Cuban Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs con­veyed Granger’s “warm­est greet­ings to this dis­tin­guished assem­bly” with the full knowl­edge that he is re­ceiv­ing the best med­i­cal treat­ment in the world.

Ma­jeed re­called that Granger, hav­ing suf­fered some phys­i­cal dis­com­fort a few weeks ago be­lieved “of his own vo­li­tion that he should seek med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and eval­u­a­tion in Cuba” and dis­cussed this with Cuba’s am­bas­sador in Ge­orge­town. Ac­cord­ing to Ma­jeed, the Guyanese leader re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse within 24 hours and was ad­vised that all ar­range­ments had been put in place to re­ceive him.

“So, we are graph­i­cally re­minded of that pop­u­lar Cuban maxim: We do not give what is left over; we share what we have. In­deed, this is the abid­ing phi­los­o­phy that has guided Cuba/CARICOM

re­la­tions for over four decades,” Ma­jeed told the gath­er­ing of se­nior Gov­ern­ment and Party of­fi­cials, diplo­mats and par­tic­i­pants in a cur­rent In­ter­na­tional Caribbean Stud­ies con­fer­ence tak­ing place here.

Ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony on be­half of Cuba was Cuban Vice Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Ro­ge­lio Sierra Diaz.

Among the high-level Cuban of­fi­cials in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony were Este­ban Lazo Her­nan­dez, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Assem­bly, For­eign Min­is­ter Bruno Ro­driguez Par­rilla and Jose Ra­mon Bala­guer, Mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of Cuba.

Yours faith­fully, Wes­ley Kir­ton

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