Dr. Walid Fitaihi, chief executive officer of the International Medical Center in Jeddah (IMC), has rallied the 3,000 hospital staff being in the frontline of combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospital staff include Filipino nurses. Official record shows that there are 220,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Jeddah.

Fitaihi, a Saudi-American motivational speaker on television, said in a YouTube video: “The world is in a financial crisis but I am here to help you. You’re my priority—3,000 staff members.”

He added, “ You’re my family.”

In a voice tinged with concern and urgency, he also said , “Whatever it takes, I have signed an open check for your protection. Nothing makes us more sad than for you to contract the virus.”

The George Washington University and Harvard-educated CEO also said , as if to further boost the morale of the staff of the hospital built in 2005, “I’ll leave an email where you can communicate with us. Your protection is our priority.”

He added, “If you save one life, that means as if you have saved all of mankind.”

Infusing optimism among the staff he said ,” We’re going through different times , a trial period... but something wonderful has happened. The pandemic brings us back to humanity.”

Quoting the Ministry of Health, the Saudi Buzz reported on Sunday 4,233 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 127,541 in the Kingdom.

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