A Filipina nurse died while another was injured after both were hit by a speeding car in the United Arab Emirates.
According to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Davao Director Eduardo Bellido, the fatality was identified as Estee Banaag Nanolan, a native of Matina, Davao City. The injured was identified as Melissa Salvani Roble from Cabantian, Buhangin, also in Davao City.
A fellow nurse named Jacqueline Salem reported to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office that the duo was rushed to Tawan Hospital after being hit by a BMW in Al Ain-Abu Dhabi Road around 7pm of November 12. Nanolan reportedly died around 11:45 a.m. of November 23, Wednesday, after she suffered from irreversible brain damage. She was comatose when the officials and members of the Philippine Embassy visited her after the accident.
According to Dr. Mamoun Elzubair of the Tawan Hospital, although Nanolan’s internal organs were functioning well, she was kept alive by a mechanical ventilator because her brain was barely functioning.
Bellido said Roble has requested the Philippine Embassy to facilitate the visit of her sister from Davao City to Al Ain City in UAE so that she can be daily assisted in the hospital, as she is still non-ambulatory due to the accident.
It was learned that the victims are undocumented OFWs and not members of OWWA so they cannot receive financial assistance from the government agency. However, OWWA will help facilitate the repatriation of the victims
“Lumabas sila ng bansa as tourist at doon na sila nag-hanap ng trabaho,” Bellido said.
Reporesentatives from the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, along with with the Al Ain-Filcom visited the employer of the two nurses, the Al Eman Home Health Care Center, L.L.C. at Flat 103 Banq Masr building, to establish lines of communication and coordination over the incident. The employer reportedly promised full cooperation with the embassy.
The Philippine Embassy learned that the driver of the BMW car identified as Sager Saed Ahmed is a police officer in Al Ain City. Ahmed’s younger brother, who is also a police officer, visited the victims only for a few days.
Authorities advised the concerned agencies to report the incident at the Al Ain Traffick Bureau for record and documentation.