Labour Ministry explains why it stopped granting visas to Ugandan domestic workers

Jordan

Published: 2019-07-31 10:48

Last Updated: 2024-07-17 03:12


Labour Ministry explains why it stopped granting visas to Ugandan domestic workers
Labour Ministry explains why it stopped granting visas to Ugandan domestic workers

In a statement issued on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the Ministry of Labour explained why it decided to stop granting visas to domestic workers who come to Jordan from Uganda.

Spokesman for the Ministry, Mohammad Khatib, said that the decision came after the concerned bodies issued medical reports that indicated a widespread of communicable and infectious diseases among Ugandan domestic workers.

Khatib revealed that around 111 Ugandan domestic workers were found suffering from such diseases, including 51 cases of tuberculosis, 26 cases of hepatitis B and C, and 32 cases of AIDS, in addition to a number of cardiovascular diseases.

He added that the decision came in the light of agreements concluded between the ministries concerned, out of the highest priority of the government to preserve the interests of the homeland and the citizen.

Khatib confirmed that all domestic workers suffering from these diseases were duly deported from Jordan, indicating that no Jordanian citizens were found suffering from any of these diseases.

He explained that the Labour Minister is currently planning to grant licences to new domestic workers recruitment agencies and that the currently licensed offices will be given a chance to rectify the situation in line with the standards that do not negatively affect the interests of the country and its people.

Khatib further said that anyone who has a suggestion that may help improve the level of services provided to citizens in this regard, can always submit it to the Ministry and it will be taken into consideration.

A number of owners of domestic workers recruitment agencies had staged a sit-in on Tuesday, in front of the Ministry of Labour building in protest against this decision.

Protestors expressed anger over the losses they suffered following the decision which were estimated at over than JD 500,000.