Women Workers Vulnerable Anemia and Lung Disease
Besides prone to abuse, female workers are also at risk of health problems due to sitting too long, tobacco exposure, and stress.
Women workers are the vulnerable group affected by anemia, bone abnormalities and lung.
So that was raised Manteri Health, Nafsiah Mboi in his speech at the event Launching Women Workers Movement Healthy Productive (GP2SP), Wednesday (11/28).
“Women workers in cigarette factories, for example, they are often paid less than their male counterparts, they often abused. They also have an increased risk of health problems due to sitting too long, tobacco exposure, and stress,” said Nafsiah.
This proves, that the working environment in Indonesia has not provided adequate protection to the health of women.
In fact, said Nafsiah, women workers in Indonesia there were close to 40 million people, saving tremendous potential if they are healthy and productive.
“The number of female workers in Indonesia is very big, there are 39.9 million women workers in the formal and informal sectors. You can imagine how devastating effects when they are healthy, and how loss companies when they are sick,” he said.
Unfortunately, said Director General of Nutrition and Maternal Child Health Ministry, Slamet Riyadi Yuwono, various studies have found that the 40 percent of women workers are in a less healthy or not getting enough attention from the company where she worked.
To that, he added, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, Indonesia Employers Association and several unions to promote GP2SP.
With this movement, added Slamet, the government urged companies to invest more in women’s health.
“Do a general check-up, if a lot of women who are anemic then provide blood booster tablets. Provide a lactation room and watch the health of women workers who are pregnant,” he said.
Slamet also requested that employers provide health coverage for all workers, including for reproductive health services.
He added that the extra investment in the protection of women’s health in line with the goal of Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality rate (MMR). Currently MMR in Indonesia is still worse than some neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Thailand or the Philippines.