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Not many foreign domestic workers have diseases or pregnancies

The proportion of Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) who have been found with infectious diseases or pregnancies have not been high, Deputy Prime Minister and Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said.

Not many foreign domestic workers have diseases or pregnancies

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam

SINGAPORE: The proportion of Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) who have been found with infectious diseases or pregnancies have not been high, Deputy Prime Minister and Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said.

In his written reply to parliament, Mr Tharman said it only averaged about 0.28 per cent of the FDW population each year, over the last 2 years.

MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Dr Chia Shi-Lu had asked what the percentage of FDWs who have been found to have a notifiable infectious disease or critical health issues in respect to the 6-Monthly Medical Examination (6ME) was.

Mr Tharman explained that the 6ME remains relevant as the repercussions to affected households can be significant.

The government will continue to monitor these figures to safeguard the health and well-being of FDWs, the members of the households they work in, and the public.

FDWs first have to undergo and pass a medical examination within fourteen days after arriving in Singapore, before they are issued with their work permits.

After they begin working in Singapore, they are also required to go for 6-Monthly Medical Examinations (6MEs).

A pregnancy test is also required to curtail problems which may arise if female foreign workers become pregnant and give birth in Singapore.

Source: CNA/wm

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