The Labour Ministry and the Cambodian embassy in Seoul are reminding migrant workers in South Korea and other cold countries to protect their health and stay warm during the winter.
South Korea and Japan have long winters lasting from this month until the end of March, with temperatures equal to or less than zero degrees Celsius.
“For the good health of all brothers and sisters in South Korea, as well as in Japan and other cold areas, please take care of your health,” said Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour on Facebook on Friday.
The Manpower Training and Overseas Sending Board has issued guidelines to prevent sickness during cold season.
It said migrant workers in South Korea must wear thick clothing, a scarf, a winter hat and winter gloves while outside of their homes.
“Please, take enough rest and exercise at home regularly,” it said. “When you sleep, turn on the heater, but not too high. Please keep the heat on between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius.”
It added that workers must eat food containing vitamin D such as fish, eggs, lungs and cheese, while at least 1.5 litres of water must be consumed.
“Please clean your hands with soap when returning from work and avoid using your fingers to touch your eyes, nose and mouth,” it said.
The MTOSB noted that any worker who gets sick must immediately visit hospital.
“Everyone, please pay close attention to your health,” it said.
Samen Sokha, a labour counsellor in South Korea, last week said three Cambodians died due to heart attack.
“In order to improve your health, please take care of your health and go get a medical check-up conducted, if there’s a health problem,” Mr Sokha said.
Leng Ton, director of the Labour Ministry’s occupational health and safety department, has requested South Korean officials to pay close attention to Cambodian migrant workers.
“Health is an important issue that we all need to pay attention to, especially those who work in the Republic of Korea,” Mr Ton said.
Nub Pakun, a migrant worker who has been in South Korea for three years, yesterday said he isn’t used to the cold weather.
“Cold weather started at the end of October until April or May,” Mr Pakun said. “It’s difficult to move my hands when it’s cold. Our company allows us to exercise in the morning before we start working.”