August 19, 2016

Myanmar nationals travelling to Korea for employment first require screening for lung disease

MYANMAR nationals headed to Korea for employment with EPS must apply to be screened against lung disease at either Asia Royal or Pun Hlaing hospitals, according to a statement from the government overseas employment agency which falls under the department of labour administration.
“[Myanmar] workers travelling to Korea for employment purposes with EPS must undergo an x-ray at either Asia Royal or Pan Hlaing hospitals. They will only be accepted with a medical check for lung disease from an x-ray specialist.” said U Win Myint, managing director of the government overseas employment agency.
Workers travelling to Korea in the past could be tested at Nine Star, Moe The, Kembangan, Asia Pacific, and Bo Aung Kyaw medical clinics, but lung screenings must be carried out at either Asia Royal or Pan Hlaing hospitals.
Those who have sat the EPS-TOPIK exam to be eligible to travel to work in Korea, must attach their health examination record to their application, while those who are successful with securing employment in Korea must then be tested a second time before leaving the country.
“I think it would be better if the information of medical records [of prospective employees] was sent to Korea to be examined. It would take a while but it would be of benefit to those workers arriving in Korea to get a definitive medical result.” said U Toe Thura, employee of the Busan wokers assistance centre.
This year sees the first time in which Myanmar workers travelling to Korea for employment via the EPS-TOPIK (Korean Language Proficiency Examination) have had to undergo health examinations.—Myitmakha News Agency


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