by Mom Chantara Soleil
From today on, Khun Ream commune in Siem Reap province for the first time has a health center serving over 5,000 of its residents, 50% are children – thanks to the assistance from the government and people of Japan through Plan International Cambodia.
“This is an indispensable assistance from the government and people of Japan and Plan and Japan govern and people. I encourage our staff and people to use this facility in an effective and efficient manner. For the health center staff, please try your best to provide quality service to our community people,” said Health Secretary of State H.E. Te Kuy Seang in an official opening of the health center on Mar. 13.
Mr. YONAMINE Moriyasu, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Cambodia pledged to more than 250 participants who came to cheer the commune’s milestone the commitments of the people and government of Japan to cooperate with the Royal Government of Cambodia to provide public access to the poor.
According to Mr. Andrew Hill, Deputy Country Director in charge of Programme of Plan International Cambodia, the assistance aims to contribute to addressing the extremely difficult access to primary health facilities of over 30% of province’s nearly a million population – including those in Khun Ream commune, about 35 kilometers to the north of Siem Reap.
Khun Ream commune received low coverage of immunization for children and women in reproductive age, and had high prevalence of common diseases among children including acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, dengue fever, malaria and malnutrition.
“Without a health center, the people have to travel far away to access the nearest health center in the neighboring commune and many pregnant women give births at home with untrained traditional midwife,” said Mr. Kros Sarath, Director of Siem Reap Health Department.
In Siem Reap province alone, Plan has built eight health centers providing 24-hour services per day to almost 60,000 people.