A Story of a lady transfered from Jakarta Indonesia to Singapore with an accompanying Medical escort
Charmaine was happy with the way her career was shaping up. She was leading a team of executives and senior executives in a leading multinational company, and here came the good news. She was getting promoted and had to take up a challenging position to revamp Jakarta business. She flew to Jakarta with larger plans and dreams.
Although she was to relocate the offer was irresistible for her. She was offered a fat paycheck, accommodation in a plush apartment and overall a highly prestigious designation of Senior Director. She went ahead with the new offer and things moved towards a new paradigm.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is one of the largest city of Indonesia which is located in the northwest coast of Java (one of the most populous island).It is the center of trade, economics, culture and politics of Indonesia. As per the 2016 population statistics, the population of Jakarta is estimated to be 10 million with a population density of 14,464 per square kilometer. Due to this huge density of population, health is affected by the air quality, water logging issues due to the large pool of water bodies; about 13 water bodies pour into Jakarta. Due to the water logging issues, floods are common in Jakarta. Along with this, the major urban challenges that prone to the various health issues are traffic congestion, water logging, scarcity of clean drinking water leading to severe and chronic diseases in the population matrix.
Charmaine, who headed from Singapore to Jakarta was doing relatively good in terms of her professional commitments but due to a geographical shift in a country which has a tropical climate and in a city so densely populated, got infected by Tuberculosis.
It spreads when a person with active TB disease in their lungs coughs or sneezes and someone else inhales the expelled droplets.
Because of the same reason, many densely populated metropolitan cities are reportedly having a higher number of patients suffering from active TB.
The most common symptoms of Tuberculosis are:
A person infected with TB may not necessarily show any prominent symptoms. Basically, there are two types of TB infected patient 1. Latent TB and 2. Active TB.
Latent TB: A person who is infected but the immune system of the body resists on its own; the infection to spread in the body. Subsequently, there is a chance that the infection may spread in the body due to reduced immunity.
Active TB: In this case, the disease spreads in the body due to the multiplication of the Mycobacterium and there is a strong probability that the person suffering from the disease may also spread the infection to the persons coming in close contact, as it is contagious.
These are some of the common symptoms and one has to take immediate note of these symptoms and undergo proper diagnosis which may include a blood test or a skin test. TB is curable and it requires medication for the long term. Probably 6-9 months. Incomplete medication may lead to a further relapse of the disease and the severity can be worst than earlier as it may spread to the spinal cord and to meningitis as well.
After 2-3 weeks of medication, the person carrying the active disease becomes non-contagious to the immediate person’s coming in contact. But the germs of TB are strong and it takes at least 6-9 months of proper and regular medication for completely getting rid of the disease
Charmaine, who got diagnosed with TB, was taken aback but she decided to start her medication immediately but in the course of time, as she started feeling better and the symptoms subsided, she didn’t undergo complete medication or maybe neglected the medicines. Eventually, there happened to be a relapse of the disease due to reduced immunity, negligence towards her health condition and the environmental condition etc. This lead to the worst situation whereby the infection traveled to her meninges, i.e. the membranes surrounding the brains and spinal cord. This condition is although life-threatening but if immediate treatment, proper diet and medication are followed, the person recovers. It requires prolonged medication, sometimes even 2-3 years.
The patient may not show prominent symptoms initially in this case too but eventually as the disease progresses, severe symptoms may appear for eg: stiff neck, lethargy, confusion, irritability, nausea and vomiting and worst condition may lead to even epilepsy episode as well.
In her case, she got a mild epilepsy attack, at her workplace itself and was rushed to the nearby hospital. The doctors conducted a full diagnosis, including CT Scan and MRI and knowing her past history of TB infection, the investigation was initiated in the likewise direction. The reports came out to be TB positive and she was detected with Brain Tuberculosis.
Hereby began a course of treatment, whereby the concerned patient has to undergo a long term medication with proper care on food intake, rest and healthy lifestyle habits. Also, it is to be noted that the TB infection which does not involve pulmonary function is non-communicable. In this condition, the patient though may be mobile but requires immediate support from the loved ones (immediate family members, spouse or friends).
She wanted to go back to her family after initial hospitalization and medication. Her family being away in Singapore, and unable to travel to Jakarta, requested the hospital staff for Medevac.
Prime hospitals in Jakarta have tie-ups with the Air-ambulance services. The key service provider being Hi-Flying Air Ambulance. Hi-Flying Charters operates in all the major countries and are experienced players in this field. Their unparalleled services, experienced staff, immediate and safe expatriation of the patients has delivered the best results and customer satisfaction.
The patient history was provided to their expert medical escorts by the hospital. The patient was in a mobile condition was evacuated by commercial air ambulance taking into consideration that the disease though infectious but non-communicable, as the pulmonary system was clear and it was safe for her and other fliers also to travel by the same commercial flight.
Hi Flying Charters takes into account the documentation, cost-effective alternatives, safe travel, expert team dedicated to handling a different situation and expatriation of the patient not only from ground to air but to the doorstep of the patient or the nearest medical service provider as may be required, depending on the condition of the patient.
Expats may get into such life-threatening medical condition at times and their immediate and prompt evacuation to their homeland is the most important call in this condition. Air ambulance travel is the most convenient mode for these expats.
Partnering with the best service provider from the location to the destination country is of uttermost importance. Also, patient care, expert medical team assistance, pocket-friendly service, ultra-technology equipment's, round the clock services is utmost important.
Charmaine returned to her homeland with care and help from the safest service provider to get a warm welcome from her loved ones.
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