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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Korea Provide 3.5 Million USD to Support Health Sector in Batheay District, Kampong Cham Province

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Korea Provide 3.5 Million USD to Support Health Sector in Batheay District, Kampong Cham Province

KOICA News Release: translate from local newspaper
Vorakchun Khmer News or News for The Elite
Year 02 Volume 0033, Saturday, June 11~13, 2011


(Photo): The Signing Ceremony between Dr. MAM Bunheng, Minister of Health and Dr. Shin Eui Cheol, KOICA Representative in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Health launched a signing ceremony on Record of Discussion for the project for Strengthening Capacity of Batheay Referral Hospital in Batheay District, Kampong Cham Province on Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation with the total budget of 3.5 million USD.

The Record of Discussion was signed by H.E. Dr. MAM Bunheng, Minister of the Ministry of Health, and Dr. Shin Eui-Cheol, Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office with the honorable participation of H.E. Chang Ho-jin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E. Deputy Prime Minister HOR Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The objective of this project is to improve the capacity of medical services in Batheay Referral Hospital through the establishment of a mother and child health center and the training of doctors and nurses, and to strengthen the public health sector of Cambodia by applying Korean expertise and practices.

During 4 years from 2011~2014, this project will improve the infrastructure of Batheay Referral Hospital by providing the hospital with advanced equipment, better sanitation and hygiene. Moreover, the capacity of hospital staff will be enhanced through local and invitational training opportunities. In the long term, the project will contribute to reducing infant mortality rates and improving maternal and child health in the region.

Dr. OR Vandine, Director of International Relation Department, MOH said that MOH as well as the people of Batheay district are very happy that Korean government provides aid through Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA in the construction Batheay
Referral Hospital in order to improve and strengthen capacity of the hospital for providing better medical service to local people.

Dr. Vandine added that KOICA helps to construct a new two-floor building in this hospital with 30 ms wide and 40 ms length with total budget of 3.5 million US$. Moreover, KOICA will rehabilitate the old buildings in the hospital as well. Then, there is a dispatching of experts from Korea to strengthen Batheay Referral Hospital, and the training course in Korea and Cambodia.

Previously, MOH is lack of budget in rehabilitating this hospital, that’s why, Cambodia make good cooperation with the Republic of Korea in order to improve the capacity of the hospital for providing better medical service such as surgery, emergency, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatric disease, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. This project will contribute to reducing infant mortality rate and improving maternal and child healthcare in the region.

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