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Bac Giang ensures interests of workers infected with Covid-19

(BGO) - Currently, employees infected with Covid-19 with no or mild symptoms are allowed to leave work for medical quarantine and treatment at home. To help workers feel secure, relevant agencies, businesses, and trade unions in Bac Giang province have always accompanied and supported them, ensuring their rights and legitimate interests.

Facing difficulties due to Covid-19 infection

According to the Management Board of provincial Industrial Parks, the whole province has tens of thousands of workers infected with Covid-19. The pandemic has caused many workers to temporarily stop working. The actual number of employees working at enterprises decreased by about 30,000 compared to before.

Bac Giang province, ensures interests of workers, infected with Covid-19, Covid-19 pandemic, no or mild symptoms, medical quarantine, treatment at home, legitimate interests

Staff of the health station of Van Trung commune (Viet Yen district) takes a worker’s samples for Covid-19 testing.

Tu Quoc Hieu, Director of the provincial Department of Health, said that for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms who have to stop working for concentrated medical quarantine and treatment at field hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities, there are already specific documents guilding the application for a certificate to enjoy social insurance benefits.

However, for those under home quarantine and treatment, applied from 2022, Circular 56 of the Ministry of Health guiding the implementation of the Law on Social Insurance and the Law on Occupational Safety and Health in the field of health, issued on December 20, 2017, has not been mentioned yet. Therefore, now the health stations of communes, wards and townships and mobile medical stations do not have any basis to give certification to employees to enjoy social insurance benefits.

Recognising that the settlement of social insurance benefits for workers when they have to take a leave due to the pandemic is a legitimate interest of them, the Department of Health has proposed the Ministry of Health soon adjust and supplement a number of articles in Circular 56. While waiting for instructions from the ministry, the department has directed health stations to strengthen communications and explanations so that employees can understand and focus on care and treatment for early recovery.

Promoting the role of trade unions

Facing difficulties in procedures for settling social insurance benefits for employees as F0s under home treatment, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Health, and the provincial social insurance agency have guided enterprises to count the number of workers who are F0s under home treatment to recommend relevant ministries and agencies to focus on removing the difficulties.

Bac Giang province, ensures interests of workers, infected with Covid-19, Covid-19 pandemic, no or mild symptoms, medical quarantine, treatment at home, legitimate interests

A production line at the Nam Chau Garment Joint Stock Company in Dai Lam commune (Lang Giang district).

A representative of the provincial social insurance agency said that the unit will ensure all benefits for employees infected with Covid-19 as soon as it receives a written instruction from the Ministry of Health and all related documents. In the immediate future, workers need to keep important documents such as the decision on quarantine, the certificate for completion of quarantine and treatment period; the certificate confirming the test results by the health authorities to serve as a basis for enjoying social insurance benefits.

To share difficulties with workers infected with Covid-19, businesses have taken a number of measures to take care of them. For example, at the Tien Dat Garment Import Export Co., Ltd in Hau village, Dai Lam commune (Lang Giang district), in addition to wages calculated by product, workers are paid about 2 million VND more each month for diligence, gasoline and productivity their average income is from 7 to 10 million VND per month.

Foreign enterprises also apply practical policies to take care of workers’ life. The Haem Vina Co., Ltd., in the Song Khe - Noi Hoang Industrial Park (Yen Dung district) has more than 1,000 workers. From the worker life support fund of the trade union, each worker infected with Covid-19 will be supported 300,000 VND. For employees who take a short leave at home for Covid-19 treatment, instead of waiting for completing procedures to enjoy social insurance benefits, the employees are guided by the company to include the period in their total permitted leave days to enjoy maximum benefits.

Currently, many businesses are facing difficulties due to the high number of workers infected with Covid-19. Fortunately, the percentage of workers who received the first injection reached nearly 99 percent, the second shot 98 percent and the third about 83 percent. Therefore, when they got infected, they had no or mild symptoms and the test results turned negative after 5-7 days of quarantine. The Department of Health has issued a document indicating that after the treatment process finishes, workers can return to work to stabilize production activities.

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Bac Giang province, ensures interests of workers, infected with Covid-19, Covid-19 pandemic, no or mild symptoms, medical quarantine, treatment at home, legitimate interests
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