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Staff writer, with CNA

MIGRANT WORKERS

Talks to start on pay hikes

After an 18-year wage freeze, the government is to hold discussions on pay increases for domestic helpers with its main supplier countries later this month, the Ministry of Labor Affairs said on Sunday. Talks are slated to begin with Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam through bilateral channels established with each country, the ministry said. The monthly wage of foreign domestic workers could be raised to between NT$16,840 and NT$17,500 from NT$15,840, the ministry said. If a wage increase is introduced, the new monthly wage will apply to newly arriving workers this year, while wages for those already working in the country will be coordinated with employers, the ministry said. As of the end of January, there were 556,412 migrant workers in the nation, with 208,486 employed as caregivers or home help, ministry data showed.

HEALTH

CDC warns on diarrhea

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public to pay attention to personal hygiene, as more diarrhea cases could be reported this summer. During the past one month, the number of people seeking treatment for gastrointestinal disorders was 590,986, compared with 563,574 cases reported during the same period last year, the CDC said in a statement. It warned especially against infectious diarrhea, most likely caused by noroviruses, salmonella and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The best way to prevent diarrhea is to wash hands with soap frequently and avoid raw food, the CDC said. According to its most recent survey of 1,100 people aged 18 or older in the nation, 50 percent of them do not wash their hands with soap before dining, while nearly 40 percent do not do so after using the toilet.

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