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2014 Survey on Top 3 Leading Cause of Unfitness of OFW’s Who Undergone Medical at Pioneer Lab

Each country of destination has its own Fitness requirements and guidelines of which a Medical Clinic must strictly consider in assessing an OFW, along with the DOH Fitness protocol. Pioneer Lab ensures full compliance in all these, prior release of final medical certificate.

As of 2014 KPI survey, Pioneer Lab was able to track the leading cause of UNFITNESS of an OFW, as examined in its facility:

  1. Defective Ishihara for color-dependent tasks, i.e.: electrician,  drivers, pilots
  2. PTB ( new case, active and for medication for a long period of time)
  3. Uncontrolled Hypertension  despite medication


Employers have to make sure that all their workers are in good physical condition. A healthy worker is considered an asset in the workplace because the fact that they are free of diseases assures the excellent quality of their work performance.

For this reason, all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) go through a rigorous medical examination before their employment documents can be processed. Patients who are diagnosed with a disease face the risk of being stamped unfit to work, and lose the opportunity to work abroad.

It is therefore important to be aware of the list of diseases that would make OFWs unfit to work in Gulf countries. This was recently announced by the Gulf Cooperation Council-(GCC) Accredited Medical Clinics Association (Gamca). The OFWs and other foreign workers from other Asian countries are required to pass the medical tests conducted only by Gamca clinics.

Countries included in the GCC are the following: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  The lists of diseases that make OFWs unfit to work in GCC countries are the following:

Infectious category
HIV/AIDS reactive
Hepatitis B surface antigen, 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

Non-infectious category
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

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1 Comment
  • Paulette Dizon

    To whom this May concern,
    Do you also have a list of diseases for ofw going to Europe? Particularly Belgium?
    Thank you very much.

    May 23, 2017 23:05
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