Cuba is sending additional medical personnel to Haiti following the devastating 7.0 earthquake that rocked the island at 4:52pm on 12 January 2010. The new teams complement over 400 existing Cuban professionals (344 of those medical) who have been assisting Haitians for several years.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriquez says the information currently available indicates only light injuries among some of the Cuban personnel, with the remainder providing emergency medical services in the two Cuban field hospitals in Port-au-Prince. By early Wednesday evening, some 700 wounded had been attended by Cuban doctors and nurses.
Rodriguez says Cuba is prioritizing medical assistance to Haiti, with more personnel and medicine shipments to follow in the coming days.