Five Filipinos have recently been reported as having measles upon arrival in Hong Kong (HK). Four of of them are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who came either from a vacation in the Philippines or they were going back to HK to work.
Azon Canete, GMA News Stringer in HK stressed that due to this situation, the employers of these OFWs are panicking and asking the Philippine Embassy in HK to give anti-measle vaccines to Filipinos who go to HK especially those who are working there to prevent measles outbreak.
HK employers are very much worried of their family especially their children getting the measles from OFWs.
The OFWs in HK reacted a little negative to this announcement from the Philippine Consulate saying they already have anti-measles vaccine before. One of their concerns is that what does giving a booster vaccine do to them and who will pay for the vaccine? Anti-measles vaccine costs around HK$1,000.
This question together with other questions and concerns of OFWs will be addressed when the Philippine Consulate and the HK Department of Health will have a meeting to discuss these matters in the soonest possible time.
HK government urged that OFWs who are already in HK be vaccinated in HK by the Department of Health but the question is that who will pay for the vaccines. This is one of the main issues to be tackled in the meeting.
HK government reiterated that all OFWs and all Filipinos who will be going to HK for a vacation should be vaccinated and should carry a document showing that they are vaccinated already to be able to be cleared from the immigration.
The OFWs who was reported to have measles are recovering well and are in good condition as of this writing.
Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) launched the OFW Hotlines for whatever emergency that OFWs might be experiencing, they can call the numbers 1348 or if OFWs are calling outside Metro Manila, they may dial 0632-348.
Source: GMA News