The groundbreaking ceremony to begin the construction of the second building of the Kroch Chhmar district referral hospital was held on November 22 in Kroch Chhmar commune’s Khsach Pracheu Leu village of Tbong Khmum province’s Krouch Chhmar district, while the construction of the first building is now about 90 per cent complete.

The event was attended by Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth and Tbong Khmum provincial governor Cheam Can Sophorn.

In a press release, the land management ministry said the second hospital building would be 18m wide and 62m long with four floors. It is roughly the same size as the first building which began construction on July 27, 2020, and is expected to be completed soon.

Sakhon said in his remarks at the event that the two hospital buildings are a gift from Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany Hun Sen, and the new hospital will soon be providing health services and meeting the health needs of the people of Kroch Chhmar district and the surrounding area.

The Kroch Chhmar district referral hospital was originally founded in 1966 on 13,229sqm of land. Construction of the hospital’s first building is scheduled for completion in late 2021 with a total cost of about $1.4 million.