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Jun 18, 2012

K.H.M.H. doctors hold vigil for slain colleague

Ruby Briceño

In light of Dr. Ivan Garcia Gomez’s murder, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital called a short press conference to brief the media on the death of their colleague. Doctor Ivan Gomez, known affectionately as Doctor Garcia, was a member of the K.H.M.H. family for nine years. The institution issued an emotionally charged statement, addressing the bigger picture of crime in Belize.  Ruby Briceño stated that it is high time for Belizeans to become proactive against the wave of crime that is consuming the country:

 

Ruby Briceño, Senior Physiotherapist, K.H.M.H.

“Well first of all, I would like to say that I will only be a voice to the conglomerate of sentiments of the doctors and medical professionals here at the K.H.M.H. and professionals beyond the K.H.M.H. as these are the sentiments of other doctors that do not work here and that had real appreciation of him just as the doctors who work here. We want to re-vindicate his life and his valuable actions, his dignity, by irrevocably repudiating this low act. We, his fellow colleagues, friends and family; do not ask for justice but demand for it. today the issue in Belize City is not only the level of violence but the impunity surrounding it; the total disregard for life, for families, for our youths, for our children who are suppose to be the future of this magnificent city—our city. As a society, we have begged, pledged for solutions for this ever-growing plague. But instead of seeing clear results, what we see is saddening impunity for these everyday acts. This inability to control a handful of rampant, unoccupied and heartless individuals is subject of laughter, of shame. Yes, it is indeed shameful that we prefer to live our lives like this than to put a stop to this havoc. How many more lives do we need to lose? Are we waiting for it to be us or one of our family members, our children, brothers, sisters, neighbors or friends? Belize, is this how we want to live? Clustered and prisoners in our own homes being fully aware that not even there are we safe? A doctor was killed today, yes; but how many more have been killed before him this year. We are losing our productive people—the people who care, who work—and those taking the lives away, ironically, are not being punished, but are rewarded for every act they do. The people working at the K.H.M.H. are the people who attend to the majority of Belizean who cannot afford access to medical attention in private institutions. Is this how we want to repay them? We are sure that this sense of ingratitude is by no means part of the vast majority of Belizeans. Only in Belize, only in this country, will you ever see this type of governance—the governance of a mediocre minority. And we, the majority, are just as guilty as we tolerate all their malicious and senseless acts. There are two types of assassins—those who pull the trigger and those who see the trigger being pulled and do nothing to stop it.”

 

The K.H.M.H. also said today that it has taken a decision to restrict outpatient services to dire emergencies only and also to curtail elective surgeries until further notice.

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10 Responses for “K.H.M.H. doctors hold vigil for slain colleague”

  1. Rod says:

    March to the pm house demand that he step down resign barrow resign you have caused enough murders because of your ineptness your inability to do your job I’ve been preaching this for years now belizeans wake up you might be next barrow does not care about you or your family or friends because he has his own private army that he is paying so he doesn’t have to worry well let’s march to his house demand that he stand down he needs to be fired now .

  2. now i see says:

    Very well said. We need to do something now!!!. Lets not wait any longer. We need to leave this animals in jail dont give them bail.

  3. Ren says:

    I fully agree with you and proud that this is just the beginning of our people opening their eyes to crude reality and even more important- voicing their disgust at how our country is being governed. Actions will be the second step and we are slowly getting there. People are fully aware that our present leaders do not have any direction or idea how to handle these situations and it will be left to us, the Belizean people, to take back our country.

    Where are the NGOs? BTB, BTIA, BNTU, Belizeans for Justice and all others? This is affecting our communities across the board- when we come together and demand our leaders to find solutions, short term or long term (and not be paying gangs to continue doing their jobs) will we see progress.

  4. check it out says:

    if his own law partner was shot and almost killed, and this had no effect nothing will. this leader is clueless, cold, impotent.

  5. Storm says:

    Ren, your idea is right, citizens have to organise to defend their own communities. But existing NGOs in Belize don’t do that sort of work, it is not in their charters.

    I only know of one international NGO that exists to help people protect their own families and communities, and that is Guardian Angels. It exists in quite a few countries, and could have a chapter here.

    Check out guardianangels.org , or email the President and founder, Curtis Sliwa, at: curtis@guardianangels.org .

    They are amazingly effective, and will help for free.

  6. Disown mi country says:

    Check it out,I agree. Maybe if one of his love ones would suffer the same fate as some of these people,he would do something about crimes in the country. Severe punishment is a deterrent to
    crimes. If the government is perceived as weak,which it is weak,
    then the criminals are not afraid.

  7. Ramon says:

    belize went twice and I met my friend Ivan, as I did not know me at the entrance of the cemetery of belize city, I felt confident because I knew on, I saw that the people are very good but some bad ones those who are doing terrible things. I’ll go with the wife of Ivan Garcia and ask the help of the people of belize to sell their stuff and finish paperwork. Thank you for having granted work Ivan Garcia, thanks to the good that many. I am very sad, hurt and helpless. Let’s change! Greetings from Guatemala

  8. FEMINISTA says:

    ESTO SUSEDE CUANDO LAS AUTORIDADES SON TAN INEPTAS NO SIRVEN PARA NADA ESTAN MAS ASUSTADOS POR VER DE SACAR DINERO A QUIENES SOLO QUEREMOS TRAVAJAR Y NO MOLESTAR TANTO CRIMEN ROBOS Y LOS ENCARGADOS ANDAN VIENDO SI CONSIGUEN MORDIDAS CON NOSOTROS LOS EXTRAJENROS QUE TRAVAJAMOS CON TODO LO QUE LA LEY PIDE PERMISOS LICENCIAS QUE NOS CUESTA UN HOJO DE LA CARA Y AUN ASI VIVIMOS AMENASADOS POR LA LEY Y DISCRIMINADOS POR OTROS SUJETOS

  9. VIRGO says:

    don’t blame the government for the crime rate. Those criminals need to be hang,Why jail?As we are the ones to feed and provide for them ,put them chains and send them to chop the roadside,
    paint the government buildings,catch the criminals tied them with barbed wire to lamp post, whipped them and put red ants and left them there for the public to view. Human rights none as they already violated someone else human rights by rape, killing or invasion of your property
    lets keep our jewel safe

  10. JahKid says:

    Our crime rate is high because of irresponsible parents. Young gangster having kids and nothing good to teach these baby criminals. They grow and have kids too. That is where stinking mouth Rot (ROD) comes from, instigate, instigating, instigator and does nothing but always opens his fouly mouth with no solution, only bawling and bawling and not at the front with positive actions with him.

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