Pinoys from Middle East told: Take Mers-CoV test

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) urged returning/vacationing Filipino workers from the Middle East to undergo tests for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) before departing for the Philippines.

In an advisory, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac ordered recruitment agencies to facilitate and shoulder the cost of the tests.

"All licensed recruitment agencies are urged to have their returning/vacationing workers from the Middle East to undergo Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV) test prior to their departure for the Philippines through the facilitation of their respective employers at no cost to the workers," he said in POEA Advisory No. 06 dated May 12.

At least three Filipinos were reported to have died due to the virus.

Meanwhile, Cacdac advised Filipinos who are scheduled to leave the country to work overseas to get anti-polio vaccinations.

"Likewise, with the declaration of a polio outbreak in at least 10 countries, overseas Filipino workers are strongly advised to get anti-polio vaccinations, prior to their departures from the Philippines for their respective job sites," he said.

They are advised to have their vaccinations at any hospitals and clinics accredited by the Department of Health.

The Philippines has been polio-free since October 2000. (FP/Sunnex)

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