DOLE cautions OFWs on nCoV

February 04, 2020

THE Department of Labor and Employment urged all overseas Filipino workers to take the necessary precaution and to immediately report OFWs with symptoms novel coronavirus infection to hospitals and to the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) for assistance.  

DOLE’s call came in the wake of the global alert on pneumonia caused by the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) which has been declared by the World Health Organization as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and has a death toll of 425, after authorities in Hubei province, the ground zero of the outbreak, reported 64 new fatalities Tuesday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Labor Advisory No. 03 Series of 2020, where he assured OFWs that the labor department, through the POLOs, is closely monitoring all cases linked to the viral pneumonia infections in Wuhan, Hubei Province in mainland China.

To prevent the spread of the disease, Bello, citing the WHO, reminded OFWs to avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, wash hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand rub, and avoid close contact with farm or wild animals.

He also advised OFWs to avoid visiting crowded places and hospitals, wear a mask if necessary, practice cough etiquette, and consult a doctor immediately if they are developing symptoms, such as fever or respiratory problems.

Lastly, the labor chief encouraged all OFWs to monitor advisories issued by their host government for further information and guidance.