POLO resumes free uric acid and cholesterol level tests for OFWs

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The tests are available at the POLO in Wan Chai


THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has resumed offering free uric acid and cholesterol level tests for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong.

POLO staff member Joszoa Villa said they had resumed offering the exams after procuring the expensive strips needed for uric acid and cholesterol tests. However, the POLO is prioritizing those who have a history of high uric acid or cholesterol levels.

“Iniinterview namin sila whether may previous na history. Pakidala na lang ng proof na nadiagnose na or binigyan siya ng gamot dati,” Villa said.

“Merong iba na talagang nag-iinsist dahil masakit daw yung paa pero we have to check other vitals like kung obese siya. Posible kasi na overweight siya kaya sumasakit. Hindi ibig sabihin na masakit yung paa kasi mataas ang uric,” he said.

The free tests stopped earlier after the POLO ran out of strips used for the tests.

Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre earlier said that the POLO was also trying to find sponsors for free pap smear tests to determine the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix of female OFWs.

“We will continue with the health check and meron na kami, aside from blood pressure and blood sugar, may uric na kami at cholesterol,” Dela Torre said.

The free tests are available at the POLO office on the 18th Floor of Mass Mutual Tower, 33 Lockhart Road in Wan Chai.

Dela Torre advised OFWs who want to take the blood sugar, uric acid, and cholesterol test to go on a fast for at least eight hours before taking the exam.

“They’re available on weekdays (except Friday) but many now come on Sunday,” Dela Torre said.

“And although very expensive, pap smear din sana. Naghahanap kami ng sponsor. Nagsulat na rin ako sa possible sponsors sa Pilipinas,” he added.

Dela Torre made the announcement after he permanently cancelled plans for Filipino domestic workers here in Hong Kong to have mandatory health check-ups when they renew their contracts or change employer due to fears it would lead to job losses.

He encouraged OFWs to monitor their health, especially their blood pressure in order to avoid health related problems, “particularly stroke.”

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