5 OFWs in Kuwait Die of Stroke, Brain Aneurysm in Span of Two Weeks

It’s common knowledge that having a healthy body enables a person to take on more opportunities not only at work, but in life in general.

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However, despite its significance, many people still neglect taking care of their own health because of putting other things first, such as work and furthering their careers. If there’s one good way to emphasize the importance of health (across various types), is that if any of its aspect becomes compromised or affected, there’s little to no chance for a person to work or be given new opportunities to advance their career.

5 OFWs in Kuwait Die of Stroke, Brain Aneurysm in Span of Two Weeks
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Five OFWs in Kuwait Die of Stroke, Brain Aneurysm Within 2 Weeks

In line with this, five overseas Filipinos in Kuwait have reportedly died due to stroke and brain aneurysm, as shared in a report by Abante.

According to the report, one of the OFWs who passed away was only 27 years old.

Regarding this phenomenon, Fr. Restituto Ogsimer, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, called on all OFWs to be more mindful and to take good care of their health.

Fr. Ogsimer shared that stroke and brain aneurysm are among the main causes of death among OFWs in the Gulf State.

He further explained that health is really a primary requirement, and that it is one of the most important things to consider prior to leaving for work abroad, where there are plenty of challenges and risks to one’s condition, since there’s no assurance as to the working conditions and environment they [OFWs] will be facing.

Other than health concerns, Fr. Ogsimer also reminded OFWs to get to know their possible employers first before flying out of the Philippines, and to only get job placements from the POEA.

Meanwhile, in other related news, Filipino domestic workers have expressed preference to work in the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia instead of Kuwait due to better work environment for them there and lack of problems and complaints relating to them, according to a report by the Arab Times Online.

Furthermore, the report shared that the reason behind the non-employment of Filipino nationals in Kuwait, despite the signing of relevant agreements between the two countries, is the non-commitment to the application of the law.

The workers expressed that they do not receive their rights at work and the cost of hiring them is low compared to Saudi Arabia where the cost reaches up to KD 1,800 per domestic worker.

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