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.