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HEALTH STATUS OF MIGRANT WORKERS ATTENDING PRIMARY CARE CLINICS IN MALAYSIA: BASIS FOR HEALTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
ERWIN MARTINEZ FALLER, NATAMAN MISKAM

Last modified: 2018-08-18

Abstract


Background

Malaysia, one of the fastest developing countries that are competing in South East Asia in strengthening and boosting the economy. Henceforth, due to massive demand, it is normal for the country to receive foreign workers to meet the vacancies in various employment sectors. Data gathered by the Foreign Workers' Medical Examination Monitoring Agency (FOMEMA) revealed that 3 out of 100 migrant workers who underwent health screening suffered from infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS etc.

 

Objectives

The study aims to determine the health status of migrant workers attending primary care clinics in Selangor, Malaysia which covers demographic profile of the migrant workers and the prevalence of communicable disease and non-communicable diseases from 2010 to 2017. Evaluation on health status of migrant workers in terms of initial diagnosis, provided care, amount payed during treatment and the disease burden were also investigated.

 

Results

Results revealed a prevailing increasing trend of communicable diseases (Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, HIV) and non-communicable diseases (Diabetes, Hypertension etc) in the country. Consultation of more than 100 migrant workers per day ranging from symptomatic to serious cases of occupational diseases.

 

Conclusion

Preventive measures shall be part of the health equity for migrant worker’s health that anchored in Sustainable Development Goal’s agenda as a call of action for intervention study in the future.

Acknowledgement

The researcher would like to thank Management and Science University, Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Selangor and Pejabatan Kesihatan Daerah Klang for the support given to this study.

 

 

Keywords: Migrant Worker, Primary care clinic, communicable disease, non-communicable disease, Living Condition , Selangor, Malaysia