THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MEDICAL EXAM FOR OFWS
The medical examination is one of the crucial requirements when you are going to work abroad.Your chance in getting a better paying job outside the country lies either you pass or fail on this test.
The Medical Examination includes laboratory tests and physical tests.Under the laboratory test are fecal test,urine test,blood test, and X-ray.The latter includes dental,ears,eye (vision) tests and the Neuro-Psychological test.Applicants that are 40 years old and up are also required to undergo ECG Test.Medical tests vary according to your destination,for example,applicants bound to Middle East undergo different procedures.
The medical exam costs Php2,500 to Php4,000 and usually takes a whole day .Your employment agency will normally ask you to take a 12-hour fasting prior to the test.After the laboratory exam,you are free to eat anything for your nourishment.If you fail to do a proper fasting,you are most likely to retake your lab exam especially the blood sugar test.A lot of applicants tend to retake this exam because of poor fasting so it is always better to follow the correct instructions.
Take note:The applicant who are required to take the medical exam are only those who already passed the selection process and most likely to be deployed.
DO NOT AGREE IF THE AGENCY ASKED YOU TO UNDERGO MEDICAL EXAM WITHOUT EVEN PASSING THE EMPLOYERS INTERVIEW.
The result of the medical test will determine if your deployment will be delayed or cancelled depending on the result.Once the result says that you are Fit-To-Work,you are green and good to go.
The result of your medical exam is valid only for 90 days from the date of issuance.In case that your deployment has been delayed,you may need to start over with your medical exam.
The medical exam fees will be shouldered by the applicant.
For additional information,here are the possible causes that will make you unfit to work abroad:
1.If you are HIV/AIDS positive
2.If you have Hepatitis B
3.If you are Microfilariae , Malaria or Leprosy positive.
4.If you have Tuberculosis,past evidence of Pulmonary TB or even Pulmonary scar.
5.If you have Venereal Diseases.
Same thing will happen if you have these non-infectious diseases:
Chronic hepatitis failure
Congestive heart failure
Known cases of Cancer
Chronic Renal failure
Psychiatric Disease and Neurological Disorders
Hearing problems or Deafness
Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destination for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.