Kin seeks cremation of OFW who died from MERS

Posted at 04/15/2014 5:34 PM | Updated as of 04/16/2014 11:13 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The family of the Filipino paramedic who succumbed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome- Corona virus (MERS-COV) is coordinating with the Philippine Embassy to have his remains cremated the soonest possible time.

There are still ongoing discussions with the health authorities in the United Arab Emirates if they would allow the remains of the OFW to be repatriated to the Philippines.

Authorities are also studying the possibility of repatriating the ashes or just having it buried there.

The 45-year old OFW worked at the Al Ain Rescue and Ambulance Section of the UAE Ministry of Interior.

Five of his Filipino colleagues were also infected and are under quarantine. Their conditions are still being monitored.

Following the reported death of the OFW in the UAE, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued an advisory to Filipinos in the Middle East to take precautionary measures and heed the advice of local health authorities. --- Report from Rachel Salinel, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau