Less than three weeks ago, a respected Bosnian epidemiologist was fielding calls from journalists seeking advice on how to prepare for the coronavirus outbreakBy SABINA NIKSIC Associated PressApril 7, 2020, 5:55 PM4 min readSARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Less than three weeks ago, respected Bosnian epidemiologist Sefik Pasagic was fielding calls from journalists on how to prepare for the approaching coronavirus pandemic in the Balkan country. The former World Health Organization liaison in Sarajevo offered simple advice: wash your hands, disinfect, stay home, trust the system and follow government orders. On Tuesday, it was announced that the 60-year-old father of four died of COVID-19 complications, after what his widow described as an unnecessarily long and desperate struggle to get the help he needed. Health officials say they followed protocols and did their very best to save him. “My husband was not killed by the coronavirus, he was killed by our health care system,” Elna Pasagic wrote in an open letter. “When this can happen to a respected doctor and community health expert … what should a pensioner or a simple worker expect?” she asked. Even before the pandemic Bosnia’s health system was in poor shape, and the country has suffered severe doctor


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