TB patient gets help from Indian mission

ABU DHABI — The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is prompt in issuing emergency certificates (EC) to amnesty-seekers who are suffering from serious ailments so that they could reach home as soon as possible. This was evident as the mission issued an EC to a tuberculosis patient yesterday.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Wed 11 Jul 2007, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:07 AM

Thota Srinivas, 33, a TB patient, had approached the Indian Embassy to take advantage of the amnesty so that he could return to India for treatment.

Srinivas had fled from his sponsor 15 months ago. He had to take shelter in parks and other shaded areas after his roommates in Dubai recently evicted him because of the disease. A few days later, a friend, Lakshman, gave him shelter. Lakshman, who took him from Dubai to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, provided all possible assistance to him.

“For the past one month I have spent a lot on my treatment after borrowing money from friends. But I did not find any improvement in my health. The disease was diagnosed a month ago when I visited a medical centre in Sharjah after experiencing some pain,” said Srinivas.

Srinivas worked as a labourer in a construction company in Abu Dhabi for three years. After completing the three-year visa term which expired in March 2006, he fled from the sponsor who paid him Dh450 per month.

“Due to insufficient salary and hectic work hours I fled from him. In Dubai, I was getting Dh700 per month in another construction company,” he says.

Srinivas, who hails from Hyderabad, is married and has a son. He is the only son of his parents and has a sister. He used to send money to them every month. Srinivas doesn’t have a passport and a valid visa for the past 15 months. His passport is with his sponsor in Abu Dhabi.

“Now, I am elated to get an opportunity to go back to obtain proper treatment. As of now, I do not have any plan for returning to UAE,” said Srinivas.

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