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Pregnant factory worker dies after fainting in Svay Rieng province

Pregnant worker Dam Noy died on Wednesday after fainting while awaiting transportation in front of the Santong Sanel Special Economic Zone. NSSF
Pregnant worker Dam Noy died on Wednesday after fainting while awaiting transportation in front of the Santong Sanel Special Economic Zone. NSSF

Pregnant factory worker dies after fainting in Svay Rieng province

A pregnant worker from Shuang Li (Cambodia) Garment Co Ltd in Svay Rieng province died on Wednesday after fainting while awaiting a truck to take her home, according to the National Social Security Fund.

A statement on the NSSF’s official Facebook page identified the worker as Dam Noy, who collapsed in front of the Santong Sanel Special Economic Zone.

The woman was transported to Chiphou Health Centre, where her family picked up her body, according to the statement. It was unclear whether she died after being transported to the centre or before.
The NSSF paid 4 million riel (about $1,000) to the family, among other benefits in accordance to the agency’s rules.

Chhorn Norin, administrative director of the provincial NSSF, on Thursday confirmed the worker died from a “syncope issue”. Syncope is often brought on by low blood pressure.

However, Norin wasn’t able to confirm further details as officials are still investigating the case.

“We need an investigation at the factory, [and with the] worker’s representative and union,” he said. “I’ve sent an NSSF official to the worker’s village to get more information and will report more details for an update after the official report is sent to us.”

Faintings are common among factory workers in Cambodia, though victims typically recover within a day or two.

Updates to follow

Due to a conversion error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that 4 million riel is roughly equivalent to $100. In fact, it is equivalent to $1,000.

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