Wednesday, July 13, 2016

OFW confined in Jeddah hospital for six months needs help

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who has been confined in a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for half a year now is in need of help.
Romeo Mendoza was rushed to a private hospital in January by his employer after he suffered a stroke. However, his employer allegedly abandoned him after his hospital bills exceeded his insurance coverage.
Mendoza's nurse, who is a Filipina, said his employer has stopped coordinating with the hospital's administration in April.
"Tina-try po na tawagan ang numero na binigay nang kasama niya, ang problema po ay hindi sila sumasagot," the nurse, who refused to be identified, told GMA News.
"Naaawa na po kami kay kuya. Kung puwede po sana matulungan siyang makauwi ng Pilipinas para makasama niya aang kanyang pamilya doon," she added.
According to Atoy Esguerra, coordinator of pro-OFW group Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW, which is helping Mendoza, the patient needs an exit visa in order for him to go home to the Philippines.
He added only Mendoza's employer could provide the exit visa as he is a legitimate OFW.
Esguerra is appealing to the Philippine Consulate to bring the issue to the Governor's Office in Jeddah since Mendoza's employer has stopped coordinating with them.
Welfare officer Rosemarie Cleofe, meanwhile, said they are exerting all efforts to contact Mendoza's employer. —Ronaldo Z. Concha/KBK, GMA News

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