Thursday, January 21, 2016

No deployment ban to Sierra Leone yet despite new Ebola threat —Baldoz

The Philippine government has yet to reimpose the deployment ban for Filipino workers in Sierra Leone despite the reported re-emergence of the Ebola virus there.
According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, the possible reimposition of the deployment ban will depend on the recommendation from concerned Philippine government agencies.
"Once the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Health raised the alert level, the POEA Governing Board will impose the appropriate ban," Baldoz said Tuesday. "We wait for the signal." 
As Labor secretary, Baldoz chairs the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The deployment ban in Sierra Leone was lifted in December after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country as Ebola free.
Sierra Leone has recently announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined after the WHO confirmed that a 22-year-old woman who had tested positive for Ebola had died near the Guinean border.

With this, POEA  administrator Hans Cacdac reiterated his call for Filipino workers in Sierra Leone to take extreme precaution against the dreaded virus.

He reminded OFWs to avoid handshakes, refrain from eating raw meat, and avoid travel to areas where there is a reported outbreak. —KBK, GMA News

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