The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday advised overseas job seekers to avoid medical clinics with accreditation suspended by the Department of Health for their medical fitness certification.

The Department of Health has suspended the operation of eight (8) medical facilities for overseas workers and seafarers pending investigation on the alleged monopoly in the conduct of pre-employment medical tests for OFWs bound for Kuwait. The suspended medical clinics are 1) ABAKKUS MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES, Calatagan St., Makati City; 2) AGONCILLO MEDICAL CLINIC, Agoncillo St., Malate, Manila; 3) RUBEN C. BARTOLOME, M.D. CLINIC INC., Nakpil St., Malate, Manila; 4) GLOBAL MEDICAL CLINIC, INC., Manini St., Malate, Manila; 5) ORION MEDICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC CENTER; P. Hidalgo St., Malate, Manila ; 6) OUR HEALTH MEDICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC CENTER, Malate, Manila; 7) OUR LADY OF ALL NATIONS X-RAY, LABORATORY, MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC, Remedios St., Malate, Manila; and 8) SAN MARCELINO MEDICAL CLINIC, Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila.

The POEA also ordered licensed recruitment and manning agencies to refrain from sending their applicants to the suspended clinics until their suspension is lifted by the Department of Health.