OFWs urged: Get MERS-CoV test, polio vaccination

Posted at 05/15/14 1:39 PM

MANILA - Overseas Filipino workers from the Middle East are urged to take the MERS-Cov test before they return to the Philippines.

In an advisory issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), it called on all licensed recruitment agencies to have their deployed workers undergo test for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona virus before they depart for the Philippines "through the facilitation of their respective employers at no cost to the workers."

Last week, a Filipina nurse from Saudi Arabia died from symptoms of MERS-CoV. The Pinay was an emergency room nurse at the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh.

She was the second Filipino reported to have died from the virus in the Middle East this year. The first one was a 45-year-old Pinoy who worked at the Al Ain Rescue and Ambulance Section of the UAE Ministry of Interior.

Last month, the Department of Health also recommended that all Filipinos who tested for MERS-CoV to obtain health clearance before coming home to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, with the declaration of a polio outbreak in at least 10 countries, the POEA also advised OFWs to get anti-polio vaccinations before they leave the Philippines for their respective jobsites by going to any hospitals or clinics accredited by the Department of Health.