- says assertion of property ownership in Florida is a ‘blatant lie’
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo was discharged from hospital on Tuesday after receiving treatment in Miami, Florida for dengue fever and pneumonia.
The former President is expected back in the country later this week Guyana Times International was reliably informed. Jagdeo initially began receiving treatment in Guyana and was advised by his medical team to seek further treatment in a recommended hospital overseas.
The former President immediately agreed to go on the advice of his doctor. Jagdeo expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the many persons who conveyed best wishes for his speedy recovery.
The former President, however, said he has been taken by total surprise by what he termed “malicious and deliberate” misinformation about his illness, as well as about other personal matters, as reported in the Kaieteur News, Stabroek News, and some online media entities in Guyana.
Jagdeo further described these reports as “insensitive, and irresponsible”, stating that they were clearly aimed as “personal attacks” on him by Kaieteur News and Stabroek News.
Specifically, the Stabroek News reported that Jagdeo was staying at “his home” in Florida, while the Kaieteur News speculated wildly about the costs for air travel.
Speaking after being discharged, Jagdeo said the assertion of property ownership is not only false, but also a “total fabrication” and “blatant lie”.
He asserted that at no time was he, nor is he currently, the owner of any property in Florida. This, he described, as yet another glaring personal attack aimed at damaging his credibility.
Jagdeo said he intends to pursue this matter further on his return to Guyana. “What is even more shocking is that this attack was being orchestrated and carried out on the former President even while he was undergoing treatment and recuperating in hospital,” one member of the medical team said.
Jagdeo departed Guyana on Friday night and arrived in Miami, Florida early Saturday morning. Medical personnel informed this publication that Jagdeo responded well to treatment while he was in hospital.
Jagdeo last month celebrated his 50th birthday. He recently returned from India where he represented Guyana and joined several high-level officials, including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, at the opening of the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) in the Indian capital, New Delhi, under the theme, “Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All”.