Migrant Worker Hotline Performance Reporting in Response of COVID-19 in Thailand and the satisfaction assessment of migrant workers volunteers
Keywords:Reporting, Performance, Hotline, COVID-19, Satisfaction Assessment, Migrant Worker Volunteers
The objectives of this study were: 1. To report on the performance of the migrant workers hotline in helping migrant workers to access and receive information health knowledge resulting in cooperative behavior in disease prevention and control and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak 2. To assess the satisfaction of migrant workers volunteers in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak about migrant workers. Data were collected from migrant workers' hotline 1422 volunteers from neighboring countries (Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic). Data were collected from migrant volunteers who served as operators of the migrant hotline by using questionnaires that contain general questions and performance evaluations of the operators. Descriptive statistics including frequencies and percentages were applied in this study. From 1-31 May 2020, there were a total of 189 calls on the COVID-19 hotline service. The findings of the study indicated the top three types of issues that hotline operators have been provided information. These lists of most commonly reported issues were arranged in a descending order: 1) Cross-border travel, registration for repatriation, documents for registration for repatriation flights, embassy contact details, information for passport and visa requirements, 2) COVID-19 situations in Thailand and neighboring countries, 3) Unemployment, termination of employment, loss of income, compensation and social security benefits. Assessments of volunteer operators’ satisfaction showed that respondents’ satisfaction towards the training session which includes training content, knowledge transfer, and duration of course and training handbook was 80 percent. The majority of the respondents had a high level of satisfaction (60%) for the readiness of operators to perform the duties, including the number of operator’s availability, information, resources of information, capacity building of the network. However, the results demonstrated that the majority of the respondents had a low level of satisfaction regarding the availability of equipment (60%) and most of the volunteers rated their satisfaction level high for happiness and pride after serving as the operators (60%). The results of this study can be used to develop, improve the operation of the next generation of migrant workers, and strengthen the network of migrant workers to prevent and control diseases to deal effectively with a potential the next wave of COVID-19. The results may also be useful for addressing other diseases.
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