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Over 140 Filipinos deported from Middle East for having HIV/AIDS, hepatitis

For a range of reasons -- from having infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or C, or even just having abnormal x-ray results -- at least 142  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were deported from the Middle East since last year,  a Saudi-based medical association reported.

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31st May 2013 00:24

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Dr. Tawfik Khoja said the Filipinos  were repatriated from the Middle East in 2012 and 2013 after being found to have infectious diseases like HBsAg (Hepa B), HCV (Hepa C), HIV/AIDS, and abnormal x-ray results upon arriving in their host countries.

Khoja is the director general of the Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council States (GAMCA), an accredited medical association in Saudi Arabia, 
 
The report said the OFWs were deported from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

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