The government has requested multilateral agencies to find out exact cause of rising deaths of Nepali workers in Gulf countries and Malaysia.

Speaking at an interaction jointly organised by Ministry of Labour and Employment and Nepali Coordination Committee, here today secretary at the ministry Suresh Man Shrestha urged multilateral agencies like International Organisation of Migrants and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to conduct a study in the Gulf countries and find the causes of the deaths.

“Since it is difficult for a country like Nepal to get permission to study, ILO and IOM can help us, he said.

The Foreign Employment Promotion Board data revealed some 240 Nepali workers died between January to mid-April of 2014. Similarly, Nepali embassy in Saudi Arabia has registered 765 deaths of Nepali workers between mid-June 2011 and mid-March 2014. In Qatar, 191 Nepali workers died in 2013.

Most of the deaths are attributed to cardiac arrest, heart attack, natural death, and workplace and traffic accidents.

Chief of Mission of Nepal office Maurizio Busatti, on the occasion, said that health check-up, orientation classes and better insurance arrangement should also be made for aspiring migrant workers.

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