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Cambodian migrant workers among others who get rough deal under Covid in Thailand

Khmer Times, Thailand, 28 December 2021 - Amid the Covid-19 crisis, migrant workers have faced many challenges, particularly in Thailand. Majority of the migrant workers are from Myanmar, followed by Cambodia and then Lao. Most of those infected were young, which meant the severity was not serious.

On Dec 14, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) held a photo exhibition and film screening at Alliance Française Bangkok to mark International Migration Day on Dec 18, as well as to celebrate the organisation’s 70th year of action in supporting migrants and states around the world.

A panel discussion took place to talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic was challenging migrants’ lives and those who worked with them to ease the situation.

Somkiat Siriruttanapruk, Preventative Medicine Senior Adviser from the Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Division, said health issues among migrants existed before the pandemic arrived.

“However, when the pandemic arrived, it made problems in our medical system more obvious,” he said.

Five issues were worsened by the pandemic, making healthcare less accessible, especially among migrant workers.

He said the first one was the matter of who was to take care of healthcare issues among migrant workers.

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Source: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50996217/cambodian-migrant-workers-among-others-who-get-rough-deal-under-covid-in-thailand/

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