BEIRUT: Migrant workers will now be subject to specific health tests due to the high prevalence of tuberculosis among foreign migrant workers and Syrian refugees, read a memo issued by Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Monday.
“It is mandatory for every foreign worker who intends to work in Lebanon to undergo tuberculosis skin tests and chest x-rays, during the first week of arrival” read the memo.
The implementation of the decision is set for September 3.
Migrant workers must also undergo the skin and x-ray examinations upon the renewal of their work permits.
Requests for first-time work permits would not be addressed before the results of skin tuberculosis tests and chest x-rays are issued exclusively by state-owned public hospitals.
In the case of a positive tuberculosis skin test, a work permit will not be issued before the patient is reviewed by a tuberculosis center.
In the case of a negative tuberculosis skin test and normal x-ray scans, the migrant worker would be subject to reexamination two months after their arrival to Lebanon.