June 4, 2013
While there are no reports yet of any Filipino in Saudi Arabia being infected by the deadly Coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday urged undocumented Filipinos camping outside the Philippine missions in Riyadh and Jeddah to move into Philippine government-run shelters.
“The condition at the campsites, despite our best effort, is still conducive to the spread of disease because of the heat and congestion. Please do not put yourselves and your children at risk,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing on Tuesday.
Hernandez called on Filipinos in the Kingdom to follow the advice of the Saudi Health Ministry and other relevant authorities.
He said the Philippine embassy and consulate have issued an advisory detailing the symptoms of the disease and the preventive measures that Filipinos in Saudi Arabia can take.
“If they feel any of the disease’s symptoms, they should not take any chances. We advise them to go to a doctor as soon as possible,” Hernandez said.
Saudi Arabia is home to at least one million Filipino workers.