In line with existing measures of the Department of Foreign Affairs, through its Embassies and Consulates in the Middle East and Africa, in preventing the spread of MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) in the Philippines, all Filipino workers in Lebanon, who are planning to travel or go on vacation to the Philippines, are strongly advised to undergo testing for MERS-CoV in qualified hospitals and medical facilities in Lebanon.
The Embassy is specifically calling on all Filipino workers in Lebanon, who may be working in the healthcare sector (nurses, nurse’s assistants, clinic/hospital cleaners, etc.) and who have been exposed or may be exposed to MERS-CoV patients, to immediately undergo testing. Filipino health workers are reminded of point no. 5 of the DOH-DFA Advisory issued on 19 April, to wit: “If you are a health worker, strictly follow infection control protocols in your work place.”
The Embassy wishes to emphasize that undergoing proper testing and screening in Lebanon for MERS-CoV will spare Filipino balik-bayans from possible delays upon arrival at Philippine airports where strict screening for MERS-CoV and other pandemics are now being strictly enforced.