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Posted July 11, 2003 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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By LOUIS B HOMER | [url=http://www.TrinadadExpress.com]http://www.TrinadadExpress.com[/url]

THE long-awaited Cuban doctors will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on July 23.

Yesterday morning, co-ordinator of the programme Senor Alberto Sierra Perez arrived on board a BWIA flight from Cuba, via Miami, to pave the way for the medical personal.

He was whisked into Port of Spain, accompanied by Cuban Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Julio Martinez and officials of the Ministry of Health.
Sierra-Perez, a specialist medical doctor, will be responsible for the activities of the Cuban personnel, while they are in this country.
Of the 80 medical personnel coming, 45 will be doctors and 35 will be nurses. They will arrive on July 23 on board a BWIA flight from Miami.

Sierra-Perez is currently staying at the home of the Cuban Ambassador but will later be transferred to Hotel Normandie, St Ann’s, where the team of doctors and nurses will also stay until the completion of the renovation of quarters at San Fernando and Port of Spain General Hospitals, where they will be housed during the remainder of their stay. They are expected to be in Trinidad for two years.

With the arrival of the Cubans, all district health centres will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with two shifts.

Sierra-Perez is expected to pay a courtesy call on Health Minister Colm Imbert this morning.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on March 23, 2011 by GeorgePThomas

    March 2011

    Trinidad and Tobago.

    Doctors, Nurses Suspended – CEO Fired !!!
    “WAH HAPPENEN DAY?”

    It seems that, before the situation worsens, the one who should be fired is Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis,,, for her failures.

    Under Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis, The Ministry of Health problems are clearly due to shortages.

    Since Mrs. Therese Baptiste-Cornelis was appointed a Senator and Minister of Health on May 28, 2010, The Ministry of Health has been plagued by a shortage of:
        a) Medical Board, until Feb 2011
        b) more than 100 doctors,
        c) more than 400 nurses
        d) medical supplies.

    Under the previous administration, more than 200 Cuban doctors and nurses have worked in Trinidad and Tobago.

    The service of Cuban doctors and nurses to Trinidad and Tobago was time tested and found to be exemplary. This is not surprising when considering that Cuban doctors receive more education and training than Trinidadians.  A Trinidad and Tobago doctor graduates after 4 years. A Cuban doctor graduates after six years, with a qualification equivalent to TT Masters degree.

    Certain locals, in keeping with the tradition that “no one stones barren mango trees”, have gone as far as to spread the rumour that Cubans don’t speak English.

    The truth is:
    While Cuban doctors and nurses speak American-English as a second language.      TRINBAGONIANS DO NOT EVEN SPEAK “BRITISH-ENGLISH” !!!

    As a former British colony, the official language of Trinidad and Tobago is said to be British-English. But, Trinidadians and Tobagonians speak English with a wide variety of accents and innovations due to the impact of Spanish, French, Indian, and African languages. Hindi is still spoken widely in Trinidad-Indian communities, whether they are in Trinidad and Tobago, or in Toronto. The styles of English therefore range from standard British-English, usually spoken in formal conversations, to the more common Trinidad-English, which is a mixture of Spanish, French, British, African and Indian. It must be noted, however, that while no sharp break exists between Trinidad-English and British-English, the Trinidadians who have the most difficulty in speaking British-English and even Trinidad-English, are the Trinidad-Indians who cling to Hindi.

    Be that as it may, it is clear that the Cuban doctors and nurses quickly acclimatize and learn to speak Trinidad-English, and thus serve all Trinidadians and Tobagonians.

    The Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis has wrongly chosen to serve only that segment of the population who have the most difficulty in speaking British-English and even Trinidad-English.

    The Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis has chosen to discontinue providing Trinidadians and Tobagonians with Cuban doctors and nurses. She will instead ensure that the Hindi speaking community will be served by Indian doctors from India.

    The question now is:
    “BUH, WAH GO HAPPEN TUH DEE RES AH WE TRINIS ????”
    “FUH YEARS, TINGS GOIN GOOD GOOD .. WITH DEE CUBE-AN DOCTORS !!”
    “AN DEY DIS TALK ENGLISH AN TRINI”
    “TERESE LIE ON DEM !!” “TERESE SAY DEY DOH UNNERSTAN WE !!”
    “GEE WEE BACK DEE CUBE-AN BREEGADES NOW NAH !!!”
    “ENUFF IS ENUFF”

    The Minister, Servant of The People in the salary of The People, failed to carry out the instructions of her employers (The People) .... and she eh get fired yet ?? !!

    The People don’t want excuses, they want results! The blame lies at the top for failing to hire extra doctors, when thousands were available from Cuba.

    The language argument for not continuing the service of the Cuban Medical Brigade to Trinidad and Tobago is such a feeble argument that it cannot be the real reason.

    If the Minister is working for vested interests behind the scenes, rather than in the interest of her employers (The People), she should be fired immediately.

    How many more must die because of the Minister’s incompetence??

    THERESE MUST GO !!!
    BRING BACK THE CEO !!!
    BRING BACK THE CUBAN MEDICAL BRIGADES !!!!
    CARE FOR THE PEOPLE FIRST… BEFORE VESTED INTERESTS !!!


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