President David Granger left Guyana for Cuba this morning for a series of medical checks. He is being accompanied by his wife, First Lady Sandra Granger.
The visit to Cuba comes just a week after the President travelled to see his private Doctor in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago.
In a statement released by his office this morning, the President is quoted as saying that “a medical investigation”is the reason behind the trip to Cuba.
He explained that recently he travelled twice to Trinidad and Tobago and had done his annual medical check-up in May where he had been given a clean bill of health.
“If I take you back over the last six months, I went to Trinidad and Tobago to do my annual medical examination which is normally done in August. I went in May because of the Congress of my party and the impending Local Government Elections,” he said.
However, on his return to work, the President said that he started to experience certain symptoms which were persistent, and took the decision to travel back to Trinidad to revisit the tests that were done in May.
“At that time, they discovered some symptoms which needed further investigation so I just agreed with that diagnosis and made arrangements to go to Cuba for further investigations. At this time, there is no clear indication of disorder or what the nature of the disorder is. It is a question of investigation and I think I can get the best advice in Cuba,” he said.
While he does not suffer from a particular ailment, President Granger said that out of an abundance of caution, he took the decision to travel to the Republic of Cuba to have the relevant medical investigation done.
“The Guyanese public should be assured that once those investigations are complete they would be kept abreast with the health of the President of the Republic,” President Granger said.
News Source understands that over the past few weeks, the President has been experiencing a lost of appetite and some amount of exhaustion.
During his recent address to the National Assembly, it was noticed that he made some mistakes during his speech and kept drinking water. However, just days later, he was on the campaign trail for the local government elections.
He had planned to make a number of other visits to various communities ahead of the elections but those visits have now all been cancelled. Other government officials are expected to make the visits on his behalf.
Yesterday afternoon, he updated the government ministers from his party on the trip to Cuba. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was sworn in to perform the duties of President this morning.