The Philippine Overseas Labour Office will extend its free health check service to Filipino workers in Hong Kong on Saturdays thanks to a warm response on the first day of the service.

Close to 200 Filipino workers attended the free check-ups at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island on November 4, the first day that Project Health Wise was launched, sunwebhk.com reported.

Labor Attaché Jalilo dela Torre promptly decided to open a Saturday session to cater for workers who take a break on that day, which means the free services will be available from Sunday to Thursday and on Saturdays.

Those who want a check-up on a weekday can see either Assistant Labor Attaché Angelica Suñga or OWWA staffer Joszoa Villa, as both are registered nurses, Dela Torre said.

They check people’s vital signs, blood glucose levels, urine, uric acid, do tests for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis. Volunteer nurses also give tips for breast self-examination.

Project Health Wise is conducted by POLO-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Hong Kong in collaboration with the Filipino Nurses Association, BSK and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines.

It is held in the community hall at POLO’s 18th-floor offices and is open to all overseas Filipino workers. The health service starts at 9am and closes at 5pm.

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