OFW in critical condition at Saudi hospital needs assistance

MORE than two months now confined at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, an overseas Filipino worker’s condition is deteriorating as he could not anymore move his body and could hardly speak Thursday said an alliance of migrants organizations providing assistance to distress OFWs.

John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, identifies the sick OFW as  Eduardo C. Vidal, 34, from Wao, Lanao del Sur. He works as a mechanic for an auto shop in Al Hasa, a city located in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. He was deployed to Saudi on September 2008.

“According to the report by our affiliate and fellow OFW Ariel Sarto, who worked as medical store keeper at Mouwasat Hospital in Jubail where OFW Vidal is confined, it was known that he accidentally stepped in a rusty iron nail at job site where he is working, and from then on became sick, thus he was brought to the hospital sometime on November last year,” Monterona said.

Monterona said since his admission to the hospital on November 2010, he is not recuperating and in fact his condition has been deteriorating.

“What worries his family and friends is that his hospital bill surges to 150,000 Saudi riyals (equivalent to about P1.7-M),” Monterona added.

Monterona said since he works to a small auto-shop, his employer may not pay all the bills and medicines he needed. “His employer stated its intention to cooperate fully for his immediate repatriation, but it won’t be possible under his present health condition,” Monterona averred.

“With his family and friends requesting for assistance, we are calling our Philippine embassy-Assistance to the Nationals and the concerned government agencies like the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration site office in Saudi to immediately provide assistance to OFW Vidal,” he said.

Monterona said he is an OFW but sick, thus he should be given medical assistance by OWWA. “We are coordinating with his nearest of kin and relatives to seek formal request for assistance from the concerned government agencies,” Monterona said.

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