A recruitment consultant officer in the Philippines urged the Department of Health (DOH) to continuously monitor medical clinics that are exclusively accredited to the Middle East countries to probe reports of irregularities on its services they provide to aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Emanuel Geslani urged in a statement the DOH to investigate the medical clinics reported to have hazardous X-Ray exams, overcrowding, hasty physical exams and are requiring applicants to re-take X-ray and cardio exams.
“The DOH should make surprise inspections on these clinics, which are preying on Filipino applicants, by fast-tracking medical procedures and issuing questionable laboratory results that have resulted in many deported OFWs,” said Geslani.
If the DOH fails to act on the matter, it could result in medical clinics being banned by Middle East countries from examining aspiring OFWs, he said.
“Many OFWs have been deported back to the country due to ‘unfit’ status revealed by hospitals in the Middle East, who examine the newly arrived OFWs,” he said.
Geslani said the DOH must exercise its functions provided by law in regulating activities and operations of all clinics conducting medical, physical, optical, dental, psychological and other similar examinations to OFW applicants.
Based on the Amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 or Republic Act 10022, the DOH is mandated to accredit medical clinic handling OFWs.
Geslani said there are medical clinics that are entertaining almost 300 persons queuing.
Also some instances 25 to 30 persons are also inside the X-ray room queuing, which they are exposed to the hazardous rays of the machines.