Home News Wife of Bangladeshi worker critically ill with Covid-19, "Please, just make sure...

Wife of Bangladeshi worker critically ill with Covid-19, “Please, just make sure he survives”

According to the Bangladesh High Commission, the man already had pneumonia, as well as kidney and respiratory problems, when he fell ill with the coronavirus

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore—The Bangladeshi worker who has been classified as critically ill with Covid-19 will soon become a father, with his wife due to give birth back home in a matter of weeks. The straitstimes.com (ST), interviewed the woman recently via the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), where she said that she last saw her husband from March to June of last year, when he went home. She expressed worry concerning her husband’s health.

When ST spoke to the worker’s wife, she wept, saying, “I hope for my husband to get better. He is going to be a father, so I want him to come back home. Please, just make sure he survives.”

Read also: Growing concern as 5 Bangladeshi workers come down with Covid-19

The patient is one of five Bangladeshi workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Singapore, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, a city in central China, and has gone on to infect over 82,000 people across the globe with a death toll approaching 3,000.

The 39-year-old man is the country’s Case 42, first reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on February 9. Like the two other reported cases on that day, he had no connection to any of the previously diagnosed patients, and neither had he travelled to China in the weeks leading up to his illness.

- Advertisement -

He has been receiving treatment at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID)’s intensive care unit for the past three weeks.

The Bangladeshi worker first showed symptoms of Covid-19 on February 1 and visited a GP clinic on February 3. Two days later he consulted at Changi General Hospital. By February 7, he was admitted at the hospital’s intensive care unit.

After he tested positive for the coronavirus the next day, he was moved to NCID.

The man’s wife chose not to give her name to ST as she was afraid of being stigmatized back home in their small village in Bangladesh.

The 39-year-old was the first of the five Bangladeshi workers to test positive for the coronavirus. The five patients are linked to a cluster at a worksite in Seletar and he had been living at The Leo dormitory in Kaki Bukit at the time of his diagnosis. ST reports that he has been working in Singapore for almost 10 years.

His wife told ST, “He had called to ask me to take care of myself, (to stay safe) from the virus and to be careful not to fall sick especially now that I am pregnant.”

She knew he had been feeling poorly but thought he was just down with a regular flu, learning that he had been diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 via a message from her husband’s cousin, who also works in the country.

The cousin told her that he had been admitted to the hospital and that his condition was critical.

The workers’s wife told ST “I was devastated as I could not believe what had happened. I still can’t believe this is happening.”

According to the Bangladesh High Commission, the man already had pneumonia, as well as kidney and respiratory problems, when he fell ill with the coronavirus.

His wife expressed thankfulness for the healthcare workers who have been updating her on her husband’s condition, as well as to the MWC, which sent a donation of S$10,000 to his family earlier this week, which had come from the organization, Yi-Ke Innovations (where the man works) and Mini-Environment Services (operator of The Leo).

The man’s medical care costs while he receives treatment will be shouldered by the Singaporean Government.

Singapore now has 96 cases on Covid-19, with 66 already discharged, having fully recovered from the coronavirus. Eight patients are in intensive care. There have been no fatalities, however. —/TISG

Growing concern as 5 Bangladeshi workers come down with Covid-19

 

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Ex-UOB vice-president charged with mishandling over S$5.4 million

Singapore—Sixty-five-year-old Ling Shek Lun, who used to be a  vice-president at UOB, has been charged with mishandling millions of dollars, reported straitstimes.com (ST) on Friday (Feb 19). Ling, a Singaporean who was charged in district court on Feb 10, faces two charges...

Journalist asks Lim Tean if he’ll denounce the racism on Abolish CECA Petition FB page

Singapore—Journalist Kirsten Han asked lawyer and opposition leader Lim Tean on Thursday (Feb 18) on social media whether he will denounce the “blatant racism” on the Abolish CECA Petition Facebook page. Mr Lim, the People's Voice party founder and leader, is named...

Woman prevents passerby from calling ambulance after her husband hits motorcyclist and pillion rider

A video of a woman trying to stop a passer-by from calling an ambulance, after her husband was the one who hit a motorcyclist and his pillion, went viral. The video was circulated online on Wednesday (Feb 17) and published on Facebook...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent