Jordanian health officials have taken the decision to halt the recruitment of domestic workers from Ghana due to 30 positive test results from Ghanaian domestic workers already in Jordan.
Hatem Azrui, spokesperson of the Jordanian Ministry of Health, said the decision to halt recruitment was taken in the interest of the public, and households and that take on the services of Ghanaian domestic workers; in order to preserve their health.
Although domestic workers are tested in Ghana and are given the proper documentation before they leave the country, some - numbering about 30 - domestic workers tested HIV-positive when they were tested in Jordan upon arrival.
“Those were tested in Ghana before coming to Jordan. They brought health certificates with them proving that they are free from HIV and other diseases, but we conducted our own tests to make sure,” Azrui added.
Although the decision has already been taken, the Jordanian government does not intend for it to be an indefinite one.
“We are in the process of looking into accrediting some certified labs in Ghana to conduct the required tests for domestic helpers wishing to come to Jordan,” said the official.
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