This qualitative research aimed to study impact of immigrant-worker on health situation in SaKaeo, and proposed strategies to improve it. The site of study was Sakaeo province in the Eastern of Thailand, nearest Cambodia, which a lot of immigrant-worker. In-depth interview was used for collecting data. The researcher interviewed 20 persons: Tambom Health Promoting Hospitals Directors and immigrant-worker. This research analyzed by content analysis.It found that: Firstly, the impact of immigrant-worker on public health was more infectious diseases transmitted by them. Some of them had not been registered officially and gone through a physical check-up process, therefore it was hard to control these diseases.The diseases transmitted by them spread out very quickly because of they lived together in crowded and unhygienic surroundings. Mostly children were not vaccinated and so they lacked of immunity, therefore they tended to have many diseases. Some diseases had been probably eliminated from Thailand such as diphtheria have reappeared which results in public health problems of Thailand. Secondly, the impact of immigrant-worker was increased health professionals work load and government budget requirement for take care of them. For some strategies reduce the health problems, the researcher recommended should have be employing strong measures upon illegal workers and building employers' awareness of their obligations hiring them, also requiring immigrant-worker to register with health service providers and to have medical insurance, cooperation among government and private units with responsibility for immigrant-worker.
Nawasanan Wongprasit, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Stream: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
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