The Health Minister on Tuesday said that the ministry spent $21 million providing healthcare to garment workers last year.
Minister Mam Bun Heng said during the closing of its annual conference that many garment workers were involved in occupational accidents and the ministry took care of them.
“There were 41,132 cases of injured workers,” Mr Bun Heng said. “And 1,673,752 received healthcare services.”
He said that the National Social Security Fund signed an agreement with the ministry to support 156 factory health clinics and 1,349 private medical centres.
“The Health Ministry has been actively participating in the implementation of the government’s policy on social protection systems,” Mr Bun Heng said.
He added that the national budget for healthcare increased last year when compared to 2017.
“The challenges ahead for health staffers on all levels are the need for roads, water, sanitation, hygiene support and collaboration with local authorities, community involvement and partnership with the private sector” he said. “The ministry determines how to effectively implement the government’s social healthcare policies.”
Currently, the NSSF provides free medical check-ups, including cancer treatment for all garment workers and government officials.
The government has also provided other social nettings to garment workers, including money for each baby born by a female worker.
Last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the government will provide a bonus of $100 per worker who delivered one baby, while mothers of twins would receive $200 and mothers of triplets would get $300 and five million riel, or about $1,250, from his and his wife’s pocket.
The Cambodian government has provided many other social health care policies to the garment workers, both in the formal and informal sectors.