SLL Art. 143, Medical and Social Services

I received an email (e-group) awareness on how to identify signs of stroke and I am so thankful to share this to everyone, especially to OFWs in the Kingdom where our routine life is work, eat and sleep without exercise and in the absence of medical examination, we don’t know how in good physical shape we are.


My Co-worker last week stumbled and fall in his flat. But prior to that we didn’t notice any signs that he was suffering from an abnormal high blood pressure or worst even him.


Due to the distance of travel from our flat which is 35 kilometers away from the city proper, immediate medical attention were not given to him at the time when he needed it most. He is in coma right now with a tube attached in his throat and according to the doctors he have slim chance to live and only miracle could save his life. He is 45 years old, single and from Bacolod.


Medical Report from Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Mishari Hospital dated 14 Oct. 2006 says that the patient is deeply comatose, decerebrating movement in the limbs GSC: 4/15, pupils constricted not reactive to light, no signs of injury on the body with a BP: 170/100 mmHg, RR: 88, Temp: 39 deg.C, the patient did not present any clinical improvement in the cerebral conditions. 


Update: At exactly 1:16 PM today 15 Oct. 2006, OFW Alex Aurelio, my co-employee, a friend and an OAV advocate, passed away. May the Lord God Almighthy blessed his soul.


Companies in Saudi Arabia that employs considerable numbers of employees are required to have a resident or visiting doctors and a nurse. However, most of the companies here have only designated clinics or hospitals where the employees could visit if they need medical attention at the expense of the employer.


Part VIII Protection against occupational hazards, protection against major industrial accidents, job injuries and health and social services, Chapter IV, Medical and Social Services, Article 143 of the New Saudi Labor Law states:


The employer shall assign one or more physicians to provide at least once a year a comprehensive medical examination for his workmen who are exposed to any of the occupational diseases listed in the schedules of occupational diseases provided for in the Social Insurance Regulation. The findings of the investigations shall be documented in the employer’s records as well in the workmen’s files.



“A patient’s blood pressure is checked through the use of a sphygmomanometer. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the primary risk factors for stroke. However, many patients can control their blood pressure through diet or medication and reduce their risk of suffering a stroke.


If you’re an OFW in Saudi Arabia, please don’t wait for a year, YOU must see a doctor once a month and have a comprehensive medical check-up. 



To everyone: a tip to identify STROKE:


If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously, please read: STROKE IDENTIFICATION:


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke, totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. Remember the “3” steps, STR. Read and Learn! 


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: 


S – Ask the individual to SMILE

T – Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE

R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE:    Another “sign” of a stroke is this: Ask the person to “stick” out their tong
ue. If the tongue is “crooked”, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.


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