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Malnutrition among 40 pc of expatriate EPZ workers

(Srilankamirror) – Around 40 per cent of expatriate workers in free trade zones suffer from malnutrition and are of low weight, said senior coordinator of the International Organization for Migration Dr. Sharika Peiris.
 According to a survey, 73 pc of them are women, she said, adding that the monthly average food and health spending of a worker were Rs. 3,147 and Rs. 387 respectively.

 Dr. Peiris told a media seminar recently that the survey was conducted in the Katunayake, Biyagama, Koggala and Seethawaka export processing zones.

 She went onto say that 25.3 pc of the FTZ workers are exposed to occupational hazards, and the most common one (57.1pc) being continuous work, followed by sleeplessness (16 pc).


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