MANILA, Philippines—An overseas Filipino workers group has called on the Philippine government to send medical attaches to Saudi Arabia, the country worst affected by the outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Migrante-Middle East said OFWs in the Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries have lots of questions about the ailment and the Philippine government should be doing something to educate the workers and prepare them for contingencies.
“There are lots of medical concerns by our fellow OFWs not only in Saudi Arabia but also in other Mideast countries. Giving them right information, education, and guidance would be of help to prevent work-related diseases,” John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-ME regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.
He said there was no need yet to suspend the deployment of OFWs to Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries affected by the illness.
“For now, we advise our fellow OFWs in Saudi Arabia and in other mid-east countries to take extra care and properly attend to their health and personal hygiene,” he said.