Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia praised for wiping out elephantiasis

Cambodia praised for wiping out elephantiasis

The World Health Organization, at a conference in Manila on Monday, presented Cambodia with an award for being among the four latest countries to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis or “big foot disease”.

“By eliminating this disabling scourge and ensuring that there will be no more new cases in the next generation, these countries have also banished a significant cause of poverty,” Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific region, said in the statement.

In its own statement, the Ministry of Health said it was “proud to receive this award”. The ministry said the disease used to be a problem in remote provinces, such as Ratanakkiri and Stung Treng, and ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said officials had launched mass measures in the endemic provinces to prevent the disease.

The disease damages the body’s lymphatic system, which leads to disfigurement, pain and disability, according to the WHO.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc