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Free Clinical Checkups for Migrant Worker on July 8

Free Clinical Checkups for Migrant Worker on July 8To safeguard the health of migrant workers in Taipei City, the Foreign and Disabled Labor Office, Taipei City Hospital, and Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) will organize a one-day clinic at Taipei Railway Station on July 8. The event will also commemorate the approach of the Chinese Valentine Day.
 
The clinic will take place at the open area between West Gate 1 and North Gate 3, lasting from 1:30 PM to 4 PM. All checkups are free of charge.
 
In addition to free checkups, there will be experts from the fields of ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, otorhinolaryngology, Internal Medicine, Gynecology, orthopedics, Psychiatry, and Chinese Medicine to answer questions participants might have.
 
With over 40,000 migrant workers laboring in Taipei City, Taipei Railway Station has become a popular meeting place for the expat population. For Thai, Filipino, and Vietnamese workers, couples usually celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. For Thai migrant workers, the event is celebrated along with the Loi Krathong in November. While Muslims do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, Indonesians are nonetheless affected by western culture and give flowers and chocolate as presents.
 
According to Labor Commissioner Lai Hsiang-lin, migrant workers from Southeast Asia form an important part of the urban scene and are a key element for Taipei’s caretaking industry. With the longest duration of work extending 14 years, it is understandable that they miss their family and friends at home as they interact with their local employers and society. The event offers them a chance to relax and raise awareness on their health and fitness.