The Naval Forces West (NFW) reported Thursday that it assisted in the medical evacuation of a 51-year-old construction worker on Tuesday from Kalayaan town, West Philippine Sea (WPS) who is suffering from ulcer and acute urinary tract infection (UTI).
A press statement from Lt. Commander Cecilio Gines of the NFW’s Public Affairs Office identified the assisted patient as Alfredo Salvida, an employee of Mamsar Construction Corp. which is the contractor for Philippine projects in Kalayaan.
Salvida was reportedly diagnosed by the NFW Rotation and Reprovisioning (RORE) medical team on September 22 with acute UTI and ulcer.
The medical personnel also noted that he had difficulty swallowing food and water, was vomiting blood, and experiencing low blood pressure.
“The patient was continuously taken care of on the island by the RORE medical team until such time that his vital signs became stable and fit for sea travel. On September 23, the medical team embarked and closely monitored the patient onboard BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) for medical evacuation to Puerto Princesa City,” the statement said.
Salvida was immediately brought to the Adventist Hospital Palawan for appropriate medical attention.