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Among so many verbs that have become fashionable in these times of pandemic –infect, spread, analyse, isolate, care–, there is one that, at first glance, seems foreign to the occasion: strip.

This verb is figuratively repeated in hundreds of speeches - "the covid-19 stripped ...", "the coronavirus stripped ...", "the pandemic stripped ..." -, reminding us that a good part of these material and social progress we were so proud of, leaned on feet of clay.

Reality is stubborn. The coronavirus, in effect, not only infected our organisms, but it also severely exposed our technological dependence.

It is undeniable that globalization brought countless benefits. It allowed us to have goods and services from anywhere in the world and expand our frontiers of knowledge. But we never anticipated that the global village we were building would be re-parcelled and closed.

Martha Lucia Ospina Ramirez, Director of Instituto Nacional de Salud. Bogotá D.C. Colombia


She is a doctor from the Universidad Javeriana , a Specialist in Public Health Management from Universidad ICESI, a Master in Epidemiology from the Universidad del Valle and a Master in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University, pursuing doctorate studies in Public Policy.

He has been Vice Minister of Health of Colombia. Director of Epidemiology and Demography of the Ministry of Health of Colombia; First Director and founder of the High Cost Account and she has been a professor of the subject "Health risk management" at Universidad Javeriana. She is also the first woman in 102 years to lead the Instituto Nacional de Salud of Colombia, an entity that she has directed for four years.

Ospina Ramirez, M. L. (2024). Covid-19: need for technological independence. Colombia Medica, 51(2), e–4334. (Original work published May 14, 2020)


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