A recruitment and migration expert has urged the Department of Health (DOH) to closely monitor medical clinics exclusively accredited with Middle East countries following reports of irregularities in the services they provide to aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
In a statement, Emanuel Geslani said the DOH should investigate reports of hazardous x-rays, overcrowding, hasty physical exams and compulsory retakes of x-ray and cardio exams.
“The DOH should make surprise inspections of 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 failed to act on the matter, it could possibly result in the 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 quipped.
Geslani said the DOH must exercise its mandate to regulate the operations of all clinics conducting medical, physical, optical, dental, psychological and other similar examinations on 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.
According to Geslani, 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.