OFW in Dubai with severe Covid-19 says it was the Pinoy frontliners who gave him courage

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A Dubai-based engineer who had a severe Covid-19 recently said that it was the Filipino frontliners who taught him to survive and gave him the courage to fight and live. 

Engr. Ruffy Niedo told the Department of Health in the Philippines that he initially thought his sickness was due to the weather. 

“Since April is a hot season here in Dubai, I tried to medicate myself. However, I did not expect to become worse. After almost a week, I felt dry coughs that I almost cannot breath,” he said. 

Niedo further added that after feeling more of the symptoms, he has decided to seek medical attention and rushed himself to the hospital. 

“That was only the time that the medical personnel told me that I was infected with coronavirus and that I was in a severe state,” he recalled. 

The Filipino engineer said that since the ICU was full at the time he was rushed into the hospital, he was admitted in the critical ward. 

“The medical personnel taught me how to survive and assisted me in order for me to avoid intubation. At that time, I was very weak, depressed, and worried since I was alone,” he said, noting that he was almost ‘dying’ since his lungs were full of pneumonia. 

“Only the Filipino frontliners have me the courage to fight. I am very thankful to them,” Niedo said. 

He followed the medical professional’s instructions and quarantined himself for almost 40 days in the hospital. 

‘Avoid self-medication’

Niedo advised his fellow kabayans to avoid self-medication when afflicted with the virus even with the slightest symptoms.

He urged them to seek immediate medical attention because only the experts know what they should do. 

“Sana po makinig tayo sa mga payo ng ating mga doktor. Sila po talaga nakakaalam kung anong pamamaraan ng panggagamot sa sakit na ito,” he added. 

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