Bahrain allows medical tests in private hospitals, clinics

MANAMA — Bahrain has started accepting medical tests done in private hospitals and clinics for migrant workers.

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Published: Mon 18 Oct 2010, 9:53 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:22 AM

It is mandatory for all workers who arrive in the country to undergo medical tests before they can be issued work permits. Earlier, only tests done in public health centres were valid.

Coordinator of Medical Checkup Services of Migrant Workers at the Ministry of Health, Dr Abdullah Mansoor, said the decision comes after numerous requests by employers to accept tests done in private clinics and hospitals. “Only hospitals and medical centres licenced and approved by the Ministry of Health can carry out such tests, including the tests of hospitals and medical centres of major companies.”

Employers have to then send the test results to the concerned public health centre and after reviewing them they are referred to the labour authority to finalise the issuing of work permits.

The tests done in Bahrain are the second medical tests for migrant workers who cannot get work visa before submitting results of tests done at their home towns.

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