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Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Baldomino Barboza – Another Victim of COVID-19

Another frontline healthcare worker has lost the battle with COVID-19. He is a well-known Doctor Baldomino Barboza, who was originally from Libertad Village in Corozal. Today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness expressed condolences to the family and friends and the community in Orange Walk, with whom Doctor Barboza worked. Late last year, Doctor Barboza contracted the deadly coronavirus and developed serious complications earlier this month. He was transferred from the K.H.M.H. to the Belize Healthcare Partners Limited, where he succumbed. Doctor Barboza served as the first internist in the northern region for twenty-five years and, up to the time of his passing, worked at the Northern Medical Plaza in Orange Walk. He has held various positions, including District Medical Officer in the north, and also served as vice president of the Belize Medical and Dental Association in the 1990s. His close friend and colleague, Doctor Cardo Martinez, spoke to News Five today about who he says was an honorable man.


On the Phone: Dr. Cardo Martinez, Close Friend of Dr. Barboza

“He established programmes for diabetics and hypertensive since that was his specialty and he did a lot to streamline and upgrade the quality of service that was given and he is along with the medical practitioners who we really need to give credit also too because they were the ones who held the fort together; they really upgraded the services and quality of attention that were given in the north. He was really a man that kept his commitment to his oath. He practiced that every day and we’ve got like to respect him for that. We need to hold him high because he kept his penance as an important part of his daily practice and he was a renaissance man. I had the privilege of being his friend and I am proud to have been his friend.”

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