More than 100 factory workers faint over two days

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Chom Chao commune deputy police chief Sao Sarith says 64 workers have fainted at the Berry Apparel factory. Supplied

More than 60 garment workers fainted in their Por Senchey district factory yesterday morning, one day after 73 fainted at the same facility.

Chom Chao commune deputy police chief Sao Sarith said 64 workers fainted at the Berry Apparel (Cambodia) factory, following the fainting of 73 workers on Wednesday.

“We helped the workers and sent them to a clinic nearby the factory,” he said. “No one suffered serious affects that could threaten their lives.”

Mr Sarith noted that doctors said the workers likely fainted due to low blood sugar levels.

He said the factory management has told all workers to take a rest until Monday, because they are afraid a similar incident will happen again.

Mann Senghak, deputy president of the Free Trade Union, said yesterday the workers likely fainted because their health is weak.

“The factory should allow the workers to stay at home for a while because their health is still weak,” he said, adding that Labour Ministry officials had examined the factory since the faintings and found no external factor that could have triggered the episodes.

Mr Senghak said the workers are likely suffering from malnutrition because their wages are too low.

Prime Minister Hun Sen recently promised to raise the minimum wage from $153 to $168 per month in 2018, but the Cambodian Labour Confederation says workers need $224 to survive.

Ny Samnang, a doctor at the Lam Bunthorn clinic where the workers were treated, said yesterday that at least 50 of the workers experienced difficulty breathing, as well as vomiting.

“The experts will continue to investigate the reason they fainted,” he said.

A worker who stayed in Lam Bunthorn clinic said she did not know what caused her to faint.

“When I walked into the workplace, it was difficult to breathe,” she said.

According to the National Social Security Fund, the number of garment workers who fainted in the first half of the year rose by 39 percent, or 117 workers, compared with the same period last year.

Mr Hun Sen recently ordered officials to set up health centres next to factories and areas where workers live to improve treatment when they are sick or faint.

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