Tragedy follows Indian nurse in Riyadh

Anusha Varghese (26), brought up in Andhra Pradesh but a native of Alappuzha district in Kerala, was recruited as a nurse in Riyadh

By   |  Published: 13th Dec 2020  12:01 amUpdated: 12th Dec 2020  11:00 pm

Jeddah: In a tragic incident, an Indian nurse had to return home within two days of her arrival in the Gulf to attend the last rites of her husband, who died suddenly.

Anusha Varghese (26), brought up in Andhra Pradesh but a native of Alappuzha district in Kerala, was recruited as a nurse in Riyadh. Accordingly, she arrived in the Saudi capital last Monday night. She received the horrific information about the death of her husband Joseph Jomy, who was in Dubai, on Wednesday.

Jomy was working in Al Kharj near Riyadh. The couple was planning to move to Saudi Arabia. Only health professionals from India can come to Saudi Arabia directly while non-healthcare professionals are required to be away from India for 14 days as a Covid-19 protocol of Saudi health authorities.

Hence, Jomy opted to spend 14 days in Dubai.

Jomy was found dead in his hotel. He died of cardiac arrest and it is believed that he was depressed with the separation. His body was flown back home on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Anusha’s woes compounded in an alien county. Neither did she know anyone, nor could anyone visit her since she was in isolation. Worst, her Iqama (Residence Permit) was under process.

Touched by her tragedy, NRI community activists Shihab Kottukad and Raafi Pangodu in Riyadh showed expediency in issuing her Iqama and making her exit-re-entry visa, and also booking her flight to Kerala. The nursing company where she came to work also displayed its humane gesture helping Anusha to be with her husband in his final journey.


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