A Bangladeshi worker with coronavirus in Singapore has been critically ill for over three weeks now and will be a father soon, according to his wife.
The worker’s wife told this to the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), when she found out from her husband’s cousin—who also works in Singapore—that he is in critical condition after contracting COVID-19.
The Bangladeshi worker, identified only as Case 42, is one of the five Bangladeshi workers who tested positive of the virus.
They are all linked to a cluster in a Seletar Worksite.
The Bangladeshi worker is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. | Image source: NCID website
Wife Of Bangladeshi Worker With Coronavirus In Singapore: “He is going to be a father”
According to the worker’s wife, in a message relayed by the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) to The Straits Times, she had last seen her husband in 2019 from the period of March to June (3 months).
But now with their baby arriving soon, she wants her husband who has been working in Singapore for close to a decade, to return home.
“I hope for my husband to get better. He is going to be a father, so I want him to come back home. Please, just make sure he survives,” the woman said.
The wife had declined to be named as she is afraid that her family might be shamed in Bangladesh if their identities are revealed.
She had only found out about her husband’s condition after his cousin who works in Singapore had informed her about him being in critical condition.
“I was devastated as I could not believe what had happened. I still can’t believe this is happening,” the wife had said.
Leo Dormitory. | Image source: Joe Green Concrete Panel
Made daily calls to wife to warn her about the coronavirus
The worker had even telephoned to warn his wife about the coronavirus, even before he got tested positive on Feb 8. He thought it was just the regular flu.
“He had called to ask me to take care of myself, (to stay safe) from the virus and to be careful not to fall sick especially now that I am pregnant,” she said.
Sole breadwinner of family
According to his wife, he is a “very happy person” who takes good care of his four sisters.
He, the sole breadwinner of the family, would call her everyday and she says that they are a very close-knit family.
“During this time, all of us are praying together for his recovery,” she added.
She is also thankful for all the care and updates were given by healthcare workers on her husband’s condition.