Pampanga hospital to launch first ever ‘OFW wing’

Three government agencies are set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) today, Sep. 7, to ratify the plans of building hospital wings specifically catering overseas Filipino workers (OFWs.).

Agencies participating in the agreement include the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Pampanga’s Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is the first state-run hospital to launch an OFW wing.

Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga’s Second District and Governor Lilia Pineda will represent the province in the MOA signing.

JBL Hospital Head Dr. Monserrat Chichioco said services such as hemodialysis and chemotherapy will be free for OFWs.

Additionally, medical check-ups, psychological treatments, provision of medicines, and accommodation referrals for laboratory services for the workers and their immediate family are also included.

Outgoing OFWs will also have a taste of the service as they can avail their pre-employment medical examination in the OFW wing.

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz said the basic medical examination which usually costs P500 to P1,000 will be subsidized by the government to allow OFWs to pay around P200 only.

Report first appeared on Rappler.com

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