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Expat worker in Oman continues to battle against brain fever


Shahid is suffering from tuberculosis and reportedly, meningitis, too. Photo - Times of Oman

Muscat: Health condition of Shahid Muhammad Nawas, the ailing Pakistani expatriate blue-collar worker, is worrying, an official from the Pakistan embassy in Muscat, said.

Shahid is battling for his life against suspected and potentially contagious brain fever at the Royal Hospital's intensive care unit.

"The health reports handed over by the medics are disappointing. Strong antibiotics are being provided, but he is not responding positively. He is also not responding to pain stimuli," the embassy official said.

According to medics, Shahid, the 25-year-old worker, is suffering from tuberculosis and reportedly, meningitis, too.

He was first admitted to the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) on Sunday night and was later moved to the Royal Hospital.

Meningitis is a relatively rare infection that affects the delicate membranes — meninges — that cover the brain and spinal cord. Shahid is being kept in isolation.

Screening of friends
When asked about screening Shahid's friends to find out whether they are affected or not, the embassy official said they are acting according to advice of medics.

"We have identified Shahid's four close friends. We will arrange the screening tests according to the medics' instructions," the embassy official added.

Shahid is a construction worker in Muscat and his friends say his case is a perfect example that when troubles come, they come together, especially if you are poor. Shahid reportedly became a victim of medical negligence in a clinic where he had gone to receive treatment for cough and cold. "After he was discharged from the clinic, his condition aggravated. Due to lack of money, he couldn't go in for advance treatment. On top of that, when he planned to fly back home, the airlines denied permission citing his health condition," Khalid Sha, a close friend of Shahid, said.

After the airlines denied him the permission to fly, the friends were worried and clueless about what to do. In between, his resident card also expired a few days back. "Citing him as an undocumented person, the private hospitals kept denying admission and treatment. We were trying out all the options to save him," Shahid's friends said.

For the last three weeks, every breath was a gasp of air for Shahid's friends. But finally, they saw a ray of hope when they managed to get him admitted to the Sultan Qaboos University hospital with the help of the Pakistan Embassy in Muscat and some kind-hearted community people on last Sunday.

To get in touch with the reporter reji@timesofoman.com

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