ORANGE WALK TOWN. Sun. Jan. 10, 2021– The family and friends of Dr. Baldomino Baroza, as well as his colleagues from the Northern Health Region and across the country, are mourning the passing of the well-known physician, who became the country’s third medical doctor to succumb to COVID-19 complications in Belize.
The news of his death was made public on Sunday morning. Reports say that Dr. Baroza died on Saturday night. His battle with the novel coronavirus started late last year when he first contracted the virus. He began to experience serious complications in early January, which led to his passing at the Belize Healthcare Partners Limited.
Dr. Baroza worked at the Northern Regional Hospital as an internist for about 25 years. He is well-known and loved across the North, where he treated countless patients over his years of practice. He was also a member of the Belize Medical and Dental Association for many years.
On Sunday afternoon, the Ministry of Health and Wellness issued a release which states, “Dr. Barboza worked as a general practitioner from 1981 to 1987, and went on to specialize in Internal Medicine in Costa Rica.
“Upon his return, he served as the first internist in the northern region for 25 years. During this time, Dr. Barboza also held the post of District Medical Officer, a post he held up to his retirement from the public sector. He went on to work at the Northern Medical Plaza, where he remained up to his death.”
“On behalf of the Government of Belize, the management and staff of the Ministry of Health and Wellness extend deepest sympathies to the family of Dr. Baldomino Barboza. The Ministry and the wider medical community shares in the family’s pain and sorrow and wish the family comfort and strength to bear this loss,” the release further stated.
Dr. Baroza grew up in the Corozal District in an area called Pembroke Hall. This area is now known as the village of Libertad. He was an advocate for the recognition and advancement of the Mestizo Mayan culture in Belize and was a lover of sports and culture.
Amandala expresses its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Dr. Baldomino Baroza.