SARAJEVO, 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 and nurse shortages since its 1992-95 civil war. In 2013, the last year for which reliable data is available, it had some 188 physicians to 100,000 people or nearly 2.4 times less than the norm prescribed by the


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