The Bahrain Malayalee Culture Centre has warned that the outbreak of dengue fever may affect Gulf-bound employees.
The centre said Gulf–bound travellers had faced similar situations earlier too.
V. Abdulla Haji, of the centre, warned here on Saturday that unless the State government stepped in with effective control measures, incidence of dengue fever in the State could lead to restrictions in Gulf on travellers coming from Kerala.
Grave concern about the situation was expressed by speakers at a meeting of NRIs organised by the centre.
The meeting was inaugurated by Attakoya Pallikandi, chairman of Indo-Arab Confederation.
Speakers said anxiety about dengue had been accentuated by the failure of the Health Department in tackling the epidemic that had led to the cancellation of Gulf–bound flights.
It had also stripped many of jobs, as they failed to report for duty in Gulf countries on time.
Speakers also held up newspapers in the Gulf, which published news about the spread of dengue in Kerala. It was also decided to form committees to act on the problems thrown up due to the enforcement of Nitaqat in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other countries.