Eight of the almost 100 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were pregnant gave birth while stuck in quarantine facilities waiting for the results of their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests.
Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV on Monday, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that some midwives and nurses have been checking on the new mothers.
“Kanina lang, naka-meeting ko ‘yung mga midwife, nag-uulat sila sa akin ng mga dinalaw nila. Meron tayong ganun para mabigyan ng payo at kaukulang atensyon ang mga buntis,” he said.
“Marami sila halos aabot ng isang daan. Tapos, walo na ‘yung nanganak,” he added.
According to Cacdac, the mothers and their babies were advised to stay in the facilities for a month and get recommendation from the doctor before they can travel back home.
OFWs are only allowed to go home after they receive a certificate of the COVID-19 test results from from the Department of Health's Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).
The OFWs have completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine in the facilities in Metro Manila but have remained there because their COVID-19 test results have not yet been released.
Some of them have been staying in the facilities for over a month.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday gave the concerned agencies one week to let the 24,000 migrant workers waiting in Manila to go home. —Joviland Rita/LDF, GMA News