Employers are responsible for foreign workers’ safety: Dr Noor Hisham

Dr Noor Hisham fielding questions from the press. Filepix

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KUCHING, April 17: Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has reminded employers that they are responsible for the prevention measures and safety of their foreign workers.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, from the total number of cases involving foreigners in the country, Indonesia recorded the highest (108 cases), followed by the Philippines with (104 cases), Bangladesh with (63 cases), India (60 cases) and Pakistan (51 cases).

“Considering the amount of foreign workers in the country, prevention measures must also be taken among foreign workers to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among them.

“For the industry that employed a lot of foreign workers for their operation, the employers are responsible to ensure that prevention steps such as body temperature check before entering the premises, providing hand sanitiser, frequent disinfection in common or shared areas, safe social distancing in the workplace, and avoid any big gathering or congregation among workers,” he said.

He also reminded that if centralised labour quarters (CLQ) were provided, prevention steps such as safe social distancing and personal hygiene must be emphasised.

“Workers that live in their own house should also practice prevention steps such as cleaning and sanitising their house frequently at their own initiative,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham pointed that the Ministry of Health MoH are working together with the related international embassy in the country, including the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to help the ministry to disseminate the information to their citizens in the country using their native language.

“Apart from that, the International Health Regulations (IHR) focal point from the related country will also be inform about positive Covid-19 cases among foreigners in Malaysia,” he said. —DayakDaily.