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Healthcare MoU signed for garment workers

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A memorandum of understanding between the National Social Security Fund and the Techo Volunteer Youth Doctor Association was signed on Wednesday in order to improve healthcare for garment workers.

The MoU was signed by TYDA chairman Hun Manet and NSSF director Ouk Samvithya.

An NSSF report stated that the MoU between the two institutions will reinforce and expand healthcare by providing services to citizens who qualify for social security, including garment workers.

Mr Samvithya said during the signing ceremony that the MoU is meant to improve and expand healthcare.

“It will make it easier for experienced doctors to check and treat patients,” he said.

Mr Manet said TYDA first launched in 2012, doing charity work by going in the field and checking the health of people in various provinces.

He added that TYDA also supports factory workers, orphaned children and other organisations.

“This MoU is a common direction to enhance the implementation of the government’s task to strengthen healthcare,” he said. “It is important for the government to pay attention to garment workers.”

Last year Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the Health Ministry to set up more health centres with ambulances so nearby factory workers could come for check-ups.

Cheav Bunrith, spokesman for NSSF, said yesterday that he expected the MoU to help disadvantaged workers in the provinces.

“The plan is for NSSF and TYDA to visit every place and they should go down to all provinces to conduct check-ups and treat workers,” he said.

He said so far there are more than 1,250 government and private health centres cooperating with NSSF to provide free treatment for garment workers.

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