Comatose OFW in Macau back in Philippines

07-Sep-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Migrant Health Unit sent San Lazaro Hospital ER head Dr Alexis Dimapilis to Macau to serve as medical escort of the Filipina during the flight onboard Philippine Airlines (PAL). Dr Dimapilis also accompanied the transfer of the patient by ambulance to her hometown in La Union,” the DFA said in a statement.

The Filipina, whose identity was withheld, fell into a comatose in April. She was confined since then at Centro Hospitalar Conde de Sao Januario (San Teng Hospital). Her daughter, who also works in Macau, referred the case to the Philippine Consulate general in May.

The Consulate general worked closely with officials of San Teng Hospital, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to facilitate the transfer of the Filipino patient from hospital to Macau International Airport.

Philippine Consul general to Macau Lilybeth Deapera thanked all agencies and officials involved in the successful repatriation of the patient.

“The work to ensure that our kababayan is repatriated to the Philippines required close coordination among several officials from different agencies based in Macau, Manila and La Union. The Philippine government will extend all efforts across all borders in promoting the welfare and well-being of our kababayans anywhere in the world,” Deapera said.

“I also extend my sincerest appreciation to the management, doctors and nurses at San Teng Hospital for the professional and humane care extended to our kababayan throughout her confinement. I also thank PAL for providing utmost assistance in the repatriation. Finally, I thank the Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office of Macau SAR for their invaluable assistance in coordinating with airport, immigration and customs authorities for the smooth conduct of the repatriation,” she added.

The DFA said the medical repatriation for overseas Filipinos is part of the government’s unified medical repatriation assistance (UMRA) programme.


Category: Philippines

Print This Post