Bid for fool-proof medical papers

Kathmandu, August 16:

Nepal Health Professionals’ Federation has decided to affix holograms in medical certificates issued by authorised medical centres of the country. From tomorrow, holograms will

be affixed in medical certificates of people, who want to go abroad for employment.

The government has authorised 84 medical centres to issue health certificates to people, who want to land foreign employment. However, even workers certified by authorised health centres are found to be failing medical tests in foreign countries.

“Some workers fail medical tests abroad because their certificates are either forged or certified by unauthorised centres,” said Khadga Bahadur Shrestha, president of NHPF, the umbrella organisation of health professionals in Nepal. Shrestha hoped that the use of hologram with NHPF logo would be accepted in countries where workers are heading to.

According to the Foreign Employment Act, 2007, if any foreign employee returns after failing medical test abroad, the health centre concerned has to refund the processing charge to the worker.

The NHPF has fixed Rs 2,000 as fees for individual medical test. It has formed a technical team to monitor service provided by health centres.