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Health Ministry Asks Factory Owners to Comply Strictly with COVID-19 Control Measures


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By Woraprat Lerpaisal

   

BANGKOK (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control is asking factory owners to comply with disease control measures strictly, warning that many plants, with hundreds of workers, risk spreading COVID-19 without these measures.

 

Director-general Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said that 1,386 factories had been surveyed, through the “Thai Stop COVID Plus” platform as of 11 May. The survey found that 1,056, or 76% of them complied with disease control measures, but the remaining 330 (24%) failed to do so.

 

There were 250 COVID-19 cases at five factories in Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon and Nonthaburi provinces. Most of them employed more than 500 workers, their workplaces were poorly ventilated and there was more than one person per four square metres of space.

 

Dr Suwannachai explained that COVID-19 spread mainly in factories where employees do not have their health checked each day before work.Workers also partied, shared cups of water and their dormitories did not comply with disease control measures set by the Public Health Ministry.

 

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Ultimately the non conforming companies may believe they are saving money and time... if they get an infection within the premises watch the profit margin drop like a stone.

False management costs money.

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With the reports of so many Prisoners being infected now, surely this must be  a wake up call to the Factory owners.

Many of them employ people in the most dire of working conditions within the Factories.

Ie Overcrowded work spaces, Poor ventilation, no natural Light, Poor Canteen / relaxation areas with little or no Sanitation.

I think its fair to assume that Covid is already in side most Factories, but has yet to be made public knowledge 

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It's like asking the corrupt illegal worker traffickers to stop sending migrants, don't ask, enforcement is the answer but won't happen as too much money involved.

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On 5/17/2021 at 4:16 AM, webfact said:

The Department of Disease Control is asking factory owners to comply with disease control measures strictly, warning that many plants, with hundreds of workers, risk spreading COVID-19 without these measures.

That's akin to asking the slave factories to stop employing illegals.

Falls on deaf ears.

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