62 OFWs Fail Medical Exam in Jordan, Face Deportation

Sixty-two Filipino workers in Jordan were among foreign workers found medically unfit to work and are facing deportation, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Jordan’s Health Ministry ordered the deportation of 457 migrant workers, including Filipino citizens, said DOLE’s head of public information Gerry Rubio.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, however, clarified that its office has not received any notice of the repatriation.

The host country’s Health Ministry recorded 356,045 guest workers — 14,633 of them Filipinos — at the directorate for medical check-up, and 457 of them were diagnosed with hepatitis B, tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS.

The medical exam results point to 35 Filipinos with tuberculosis and 27 with Hepatitis B.

Pointing out the country’s Health Ministry policy to expel only workers with HIV/AIDS and pulmonary tuberculosis, Rubio told The Manila Times that he believes the number of deported Filipinos should be below 62.

Rosemari Duquez of the POEA’s Repatriation and Anti-Illegal Unit said the agencies that recruited the workers should give assistance and shoulder the cost of their repatriation.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier called on applicants for jobs overseas to have their medical tests in clinics and hospitals accredited by the Department of Health.

“It is imperative for our workers to undergo a thorough medical check-up or screening by Department of Health (DOH)-accredited hospitals and clinics before they leave the country to avoid being deported due to some health restrictions. Some countries abroad are very particular when it comes to health issues,” Bello said.