13 diseases on GAMCA list
March 21, 2009 by liza
In its latest advisory for OFWs, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) posted the diseases that are on the watch list of medical clinics accredited by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Those who are found to have any of these 13 diseases will not be allowed to work in GCC countries. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are members of the GCC.
• HIV/AIDS reactive
• Hepatitis B surface antifgen, HCV reactive
• Microfilaria positive and malaria blood film positive, known leprosy patients
• Tuberculosis – any type, X-ray showing active PTB, past evidence of PTB or healed • Pulmonary scar, including minimum fibrosis, calcification (granuloma) pleural thickening, pleural effusion, tuberculosis lymphadenitis
• VDRL/TPHA reactive
• Chronic renal failure
• Chronic hepatitis failure
• Congestive heart failure
• Diabetes mellitus
• Known case of cancer
• Psychiatric disease and neurological disorders
• Physical disabilities, i.e. color blindness, deafness
The POEA said workers from the Philippines and other Asian countries are required to pass the medical tests conducted by the GCC-Accredited Medical Clinics Association (GAMCA). There are 17 GAMCA clinics in the Philippines.