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Friday, January 20, 2017



Being in a country with inadequate  job opportunities, Filipinos resort in working abroad  to sustain the needs of their families. Even single individuals try their luck in applying for overseas job. The number of Overseas Filipino Workers is still growing despite the growing crisis in the Middle East, many Filipinos still want to go abroad for work.
However, working overseas require lots of pre-requisites-- finding a good recruitment agency , finding a good company that gives good salary and producing money for paying the medical exam, the placement fee and the expenses for the requirements even the food and the fare you needed to go back and forth  to the government offices and agencies for your requirements.

After finding the job and passing the final interview, you will still not be able to go abroad without being certified fit to work. The medical exam plays a vital role in determining  whether your dream of working abroad will push through or fail.

What are the diseases that can get you arisk of being stamped as "unfit to work"?

The  Gulf Cooperation Council-(GCC) Accredited Medical Clinics Association (Gamca) has publicized the list of diseases that can prevent you from working abroad. It is separated to two categories: infectious and non-infectious.

Infectious Category

ØHIV/AIDS reactive
ØHepatitis B surface antigen
ØHCV reactive
ØMicrofilaria positive and malaria blood film positive
Ø Known leprosy patients
ØTuberculosis – any type
Ø X-ray showing active PTB
Ø Past evidence of PTB or healed
ØPulmonary scar, including minimum fibrosis,
ØCalcification (granuloma) pleural thickening
Ø Pleural effusion
Ø Tuberculosis lymphadenitis

ØVDRL/TPHA reactive
Non-infectious Category

ØChronic renal failure
ØChronic hepatitis failure
ØCongestive heart failure
ØDiabetes mellitus
ØKnown case of cancer
ØPsychiatric disease and neurological disorders
ØPhysical disabilities,
( i.e. color blindness, deafness)