Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered officials to set up health centres next to factories and areas where workers live to improve treatment for staff who fall sick.
Addressing more than 10,000 garment workers at Vattanac Industrial Park II in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district yesterday, he said the government would push to have more health centres and referral hospitals next to factories and industrial areas to better serve workers.
“I have already ordered officials to set up facilities in areas where workers stay and also at factories. Employers must also improve medical treatment for workers who are sick,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen said health services near factories would need extra capacity to care for workers.
“I want to appeal to doctors to provide good care to factory workers. More than one million workers are eligible for treatment free of charge,” he said.
The National Social Security Fund has signed an agreement with more than 1,200 local health centres across the country to offer workers free 24-hour health care.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said the government announcement was good news for workers.
“When they have accidents relating to work, they can go to hospitals or health centres near their workplace, without having to travel a long distance,” he said.
Mr Sina said unions were pleased with the move because workers were too often sent to care facilities far from their factories following mass fainting incidents and other health issues.
“If there is a health centre or hospital next to their factory, it is easier to get treatment fast,” Mr Sina said.
Last week, Land Management Minister Chea Sophara wrote to provincial and town officials asking them to inspect all factories and suggest the companies build on-site health clinics to make it easy for injured workers to get treatment.
Meanwhile, more than 70 garment workers fainted yesterday morning at Berry Apparel factory in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.
Chom Chao commune deputy police chief Sao Sarith said the workers had low blood sugar, but factory and local authorities sent them to hospital and health centres for prompt treatment.
He added that workers who did not faint were allowed to go home.