Thailand promotes social distancing among migrant workers at shrimp market

A Vice Minister of Labour, Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang (center).
A Vice Minister of Labour, Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang (center).

SAMUT SAKHON- Officials from the Ministry of Labour, the Thai Red Cross Society, and Samut Sakhon province are promoting social distancing and precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection, among migrant workers in the province.

A Vice Minister of Labour, Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang, along with the deputy director of the Thai Red Cross Disaster Operations Center Dr Pichit Siriwan, met with migrant workers at Samut Sakhon Shrimp Market, where they have been promoting precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection among the workers, and gathering input on the pandemic’s effect on the community.

The officials have encouraged the migrant worker community to practice social distancing, and to wear face masks. They have distributed 200 cloth face masks, hand sanitizers, and informational pamphlets on COVID-19 in the native language of migrant workers.

Mr Duangrit said the campaign to reach migrant worker communities is being piloted in Samut Sakhon and PathumThani. The campaign will then be extended to other provinces, to make sure these communities are aware of the required precautionary measures against COVID-19, for their own health and safety.(NNT)