Indian visitor stuck in UAE with $30,493 hospital bill


Dubai, Jun 29 (IANS): A jobless Indian visitor to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in desperate need of financial help to settle an outstanding hospital bill of 112,000 dirham ($30,493), a media report said on Monday.

Sutapa Patra, 27, from West Bengal underwent treatment for a number of conditions including colitis, pancreatitis and severe sepsis, said the Gulf News report.

She also complained of severe stomach ache when her roommates at an accommodation where she was staying in Karama admitted her to a private hospital.

Owing to her pre-diabetic condition, her condition became more complicated and surgery had to be performed immediately.

Speaking to Gulf News, Patra said she came to the UAE in November 2019 on a three-month long visit visa.

She was promised a job of a chef in a hotel by a recruitment agent in India. Unfortunately she was duped by the agent and when she landed in UAE she was told there was no job.

Instead she was made to work as a domestic help for a family. Patra claimed she was not paid a salary and given only one meal a day to eat.

Patra she was now being looked after by some families in Dubai and one of them tried to find her a job in the UAE.

"Unfortunately due to the pandemic situation in the UAE, my application for a work permit was cancelled. Added to this my visit visa also expired in the middle of February. I just want my bill to be settled and I want to return home to India," she told Gulf News.

  

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    O God it looks like never ending story here.How can she pay so much money ?Her fake agent duped her .Try to find him and let him pay the bill ,through Indian Embassy.Such people should be make to pay for their duping people.She is only in her late twentys and is a diabetic?she must have had some Appendix burst and spread ,complications.whatever it is ,in a bad situations.Now way out is good hearted people from Indias s unions in Dubai get together ,save her from her situations ,and help from Indian Embassy ,pack her back.One question,when one comes to UAE.with visit visa ,dont they have a health insurance ?.whereas here it is a must.very unfortunate.

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  • Sequeira, O., Valencia, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Since the recruitment agent duped her with false job promise, the Govt. of India should make this agent pay the medical bills and black list it.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    An unfortunate case.

    It is rather strange, however, that her pre-diabetic condition has been cited as a cause for some other issues.

    I was always under the impression that one's pre-diabetic condition is a risk factor in getting diabetes eventually, but by itself it is not a disease or a cause for diseases.

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