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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 08:33 PM

Doctor in west Colombia dies of COVID-19 after seven-month wait for paycheck

by Adriaan Alsema June 26, 2020

Colombia’s health minister can stop promising to pay the unpaid wages of doctor Heandel Renteria. COVID-19 canceled that seven-month debt.

Renteria refused to abandon his patients in Quibdo’s San Francisco de Asis hospital in the middle of a pandemic, but was forced to after he got ill. He died on Wednesday.

Health minister Fernando Ruiz promised to pay Renteria and his colleagues three times since the doctor decried on Twitter on April 2 that “we are confronting the situation, but going through hell without any help whatsoever from the state and without salary for five months”.

Ruiz has become notorious for making false promises and even faking aid. The minister’s deputy got infected by ignoring health protocol.


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