Immigrant’s death now a documentary

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The candidate for the Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera.

POLITICAL group Podemos has given presidential candidate, Albert Rivera, a copy of the documentary about the death of Senegalese immigrant Alpha Pam in Mallorca in 2013.

The candidate for the Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera, received the documentary from the spokeswoman for Podemos, Laura Camargo, following a meeting with  President of the Balearic Parliament, Xelo Huertas. It is directed by the party’s leader in the Balearic Islands, Alberto Jarabo. 

Alpha Pam, 28, died of tuberculosis. He had been living in Spain for eight years and did not have a health card which made it impossible for him to be seen by a specialist. Six months before his death, Pam went as many as seven different times to the Can Picafort Health Centre where he was given medication but never officially diagnosed with the disease.

It appears a physician advised him to get an X-ray at Inca Hospital, which he could not do because he didn’t have the card. According to www.medicosdelmundo.org, he visited the hospital three times to no avail. His health kept deteriorating as time went by, causing him nausea, excruciating chest pain and chronic fatigue. He died at his Santa Margalida residence in a pool of blood. 

Alpha Pam’s death became a cause célèbre after claims he was refused medical care. However, according to his relatives, the illegal immigrant was not turned away and was treated – but for the wrong thing.

His family says that Inca Hospital referred him to the health centre in Can Picafort, where he was treated for bronchitis.

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