An advocacy group for Overseas Filipino Workers seeks for the Philippine government to send a medical team to Saudi Arabia.
The Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW made this plea in order to address the needs of 11 Filipinos in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who were recently diagnosed with mental illnesses.
In DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan, Ronaldo Concha, overall chairman of the group’s chapter in Saudi Arabia, said that they have long been requesting the government to send a medical attache in the said country.
According to Concha, psychiatrists are particularly needed in order to assess and assist the medical problems faced by the OFWs in Saudi Arabia.
“It is better talaga sa ngayon na mabigyan ng atensyon ng ating pamahalaan na makapag-padala sila ng augmentation team, mas lalo na mga psychiatrist, para ma-tignan, masuri, ma-assess, at matulungan ang mga kababayan natin.” Concha said during the interview.
The advocacy group leader explained that the Philippine consulate in Jeddah has already tried to have the 11 OFWs admitted to hospitals in the country, but they were only given medicine.
“Sinubukan na ng Philippine Consulate na ipa-admit itong mga kababayan ng pero hindi natanggap. Ang ginagawa ng ospital binibigyan sila ng gamot na pampa-kalma.” Concha explained.
Concha further revealed that the distressed OFWs are currently staying at the Bahay Kalinga near the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah while their exit visas are being processed.