The Thai Labour Ministry is coordinating with two Taiwanese foundations for the repatriation of a Thai worker who fell sick due to a worm infection in his brain.
Phetcharat Sin-uay, spokeswoman and deputy permanent secretary for Labour Ministry, said Chatchai Khuridee, 33, from Udon Thani, was recovering at Chi Mei Hospital in Tainan city.
Chatchai fell sick after he ate snails caught in a canal near his factory. His relatives have made Facebook posts, seeking help to bring him back home to Udon Thani.
Phetcharat said the Labour Ministry has cooperated with the Thai Labour Office in Kaohsiung to have the man, who worked for Uni-President Co Ltd in Tainan, admitted to hospital.
Since then, the Labour office has been monitoring the case and providing necessary help.
Phetcharat said the office has been coordinating its efforts with the foundation of the hospital and a foundation attached to a Taiwanese job-placement agency.
Repatriation would cost about 200,000 Taiwanese dollars (about Bt210,000) and the two foundations would pay part of the cost.
The worker would be repatriated after his condition improves to a point where doctors believe it is safe to send him back to Thailand, the spokeswoman added. She said his condition had improved based on a reduction in oxygen used from his respirator.