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2020-02-27 | 公共電視

Illegal Foreign Caregiver as Taiwan's 32nd COVID-19 Case

Taiwan's 32nd COVID-19 case is an illegal foreign caretaker. Prior to being diagnosed, the caretaker had gone to a hospital to take care of patients, and had also met up with friends. As illegal workers are not listed and thus hard to manage, experts worry that this case may be the beginning of community transmission.

Taiwan recently confirmed its 32nd case of coronavirus disease 2019. The patient is the foreign caregiver of the 27th case, an elderly man in his 80s, and was working in Taiwan illegally. Illegal foreign caregivers are a common sight in hospitals, and often end up working in Taiwan via the referral of people from the same village. They charge less than other caregivers, so households are willing to employ them. However, this also means that hospitals cannot adequately supervise them. These caregivers have also not received disease prevention training. Experts say this may be a hole in the disease prevention net.

During normal times, there is no one to oversee them, so during an epidemic situation, this becomes a risk. The government needs to do a better job of overseeing these illegal foreign workers in the future.

A Central Epidemic Command Center investigation showed this caregiver, who is in her 30s, had previously gone to another hospital to take care of a patient there. There are also concerns that the caregiver had taken part in social activities. Her contact history is still under investigation, but this could prove to be a case of community transmission.

The first point is that she is illegal, so she was unwilling to see a doctor if she came down with anything. Second, she came into contact with many foreign workers perhaps from her hometown, perhaps they always met up on Saturdays and Sundays. She is illegal and took on odd jobs, which means that she came into contact with many patients and increased her chances of getting infected at a hospital. This is more worrisome.

There are rumors circulating online that this caregiver had shared her experience from an isolation ward via Facebook Live and posted pictures of her medications after being diagnosed, thereby identifying the hospital she was at. New Taipei City's Department of Health has requested the caregiver to remove the posts. If she fails to do so, she will be fined in accordance with the Communicable Disease Control Act.

國內武漢肺炎第32例確診個案,是照護第27例確診、80多歲老先生的非法外籍看護,由於非法移工在醫院並不少見,通常是透過同鄉轉介,而且因收費較為便宜,不少家屬願意聘用,可是醫院無法列冊管理,感染管控也沒受過訓練,外界擔心、可能因此讓防疫網出現漏洞。

護理師公會全聯會理事長 高靖秋表示:「就是平常沒有去管,疫情出來的時候,就變成一個破口嘛,就是政府未來對於這些非法的外勞,這些管理,要再去處理。」

中央流行疫情指揮中心調查發現,這名30多歲、染病的非法外籍看護,還曾經到另一間醫院照顧患者,有醫師憂心,看護工可能有院外的聚會等活動,雖然疫調還在進行,不過疫情、可能會脫離家庭群聚傳播鏈、進到社區裡。

台灣感染症醫學會理事長 黃立民表示:「第一個她是非法,所以她有任何疾病,她也不想看醫生,再來呢,她又接觸到很多,可能是同鄉的外勞,可能禮拜六禮拜天他們都會接觸,這種非法的算是打零工啊,所以她會接觸到很多病人,所以這個在醫院呢,也容易引起院內感染,所以這是比較麻煩的。」

此外近來網路流傳,疑似染病的外籍看護工遭確診後,在隔離病房內、上臉書開直播,還貼出藥袋、暴露自己所在醫院,已在移工界傳開,對此,新北市衛生局認為有違法之虞,已請這名看護工將相關影片下架,否則將依傳染病防治法開罰。

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