Following the cases of abuse involving migrant domestic workers (MDWs), the Ministry of Manpower has implemented changes to the 6-monthly medical examinations (6ME). These measures are aimed at helping FDWs and employees settle smoothly into a beneficial working relationship, while helping to detect signs of abuse.
These are the changes that will take place from 29th August 2021.
1. Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement and extensive examination
Height and weight will be measured to calculate BMI. Any unexplained significant weight loss may be a trigger for more extensive examination. To facilitate this, the 6ME will be conducted without the employer or employer’s representative in the examination room to facilitate the FDW to share details if there is possible abuse.
2. Reporting of results Medical practitioners and clinics are also not required to share the 6ME results with the FDW employer, as the employer may obtain the information directly from MOM’s portal.
FDWs in need of assistance can reach out to the MOM Helpline for Helpers at 1800 339 5505.
Prices for 6ME start at $30 before GST.
If you have any further questions about 6ME for Foreign Domestic Workers, please contact us at:
Appointment Portal: https://forms.gle/HyGy59i9mYx4sEi96
(most direct and fuss-free)
WhatsApp: 8879 9404
(available during clinic opening hours, 8am to 12am)
Mobile: 8879 9404
Landline: 6243 3036
(please be aware that the phone might be engaged due to high call volume)
Source: MOM Circular 08/2021 and 104/2021 released on 5 Aug 2021