1. HEALTH SCREENING
There are some issues and matters that have been brought to our attention and we would like to keep all PAPA members informed of the numerous issues that have risen. As these issues concerned all of us even to the employers of non-members, we feel it right to update all members on the issues at hand.
We have noted that there has been an increase of Maids failing their FOMEMA health screening (post-arrival - 1st time in Malaysia). This has inconvenienced all parties including loss of time and incurring of incidental cost of conducting another re-medical check-up; having to send the maid back home even wrongly diagnosed as unfit and the non-appealable cases that should be considered.
As a result, the AJK would like to advise all members on certain guidelines to follow to prevent and to reduce the probability of Maids being diagnosed wrongly as medically unfit after the health screening due to ignorance or mistake.
2. PROBLEM WITH DRUG CONTENT IN THE URINE:
Before pre-departure from country of origin, the following procedures should be followed:
- To advise your counterpart agency to keep you informed of any maid taking medication before her flight to Malaysia. Normally the presence of such medication can be detected within 7-14 days in our body system, after consumption.
- Certain medication contains drugs that are listed with Fomema and such presence of drugs can deteriorate the results of the Maid’s health screening upon arrival in Malaysia.
- Medications to be avoided: Cough mixture, Sinus Relief Medication, Motion Sickness Tablets and in cases where termination of pregnancy has happened prior to the maid’s departure to Malaysia.
3. PROBLEM WITH DETECTION OF LUMPS IN THE TORSO AREA:
It is a good practice to advice your maids to do the followings:
- To fast from food for 10 hours before going for X-Ray screening.
- To drink plenty of water to wash out impurities in the urinary system.
4. PROBLEM WITH TRACES OF WHITE DOTS IN THE LUNGS:
It is also good to advise your counterpart in the source country of the following need:
- To avoid deployment of maids with history of bronchial illness, like Tuberculosis, Bronchitis and other illnesses.
- Please note that even if the Maid has fully recovered, the X-Ray screening will be able to detect old scars, shadows, white dots and others to render your Maid unfit for work.
- In such cases which includes the detection of forbidden drugs in the body system, Fomema will not consider any appeal as such drugs and illnesses are considered contagious and can spread easily.
The core responsibility of Fomema is to protect Malaysian citizens from being exposed to such illnesses and as stated by Fomema in our meeting with them earlier, they will never compromise on the safety and health of our people in Malaysia.
The first reason we are sending this notice to all PAPA members is to keep all members informed.
The second reason is to gather feedbacks from all members of any problems faced by your agency with Fomema so that by sharing, we are able to identify the problem and advise all members accordingly.
For your information, PAPA will be sending a delegation to meet up with the Fomema Management team to further discuss on the issues faced by our agencies and how they can accommodate the issues at hand which we may deem fair and appealable.
So please write in and let us know of any experiences you may have with Fomema which you may want us to bring up in our intended visit to Fomema soon We would appreciate your kind response latest by 30.11.2010.
On behalf of PAPA