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Tuberculosis examinations target migrant workers

There are more than 200,000 domestic migrant workers in the country and no specific law to oversee their labor rights, leaving them open to exploitation with no real option for legal recourse. (TDS/Mohammad Azakir)

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.

 

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