Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Health departments put on alert for the holidays

Health departments put on alert for the holidays

Police and bystanders view the aftermath of a traffic accident in Phnom Penh in 2012.
Police and bystanders view the aftermath of a traffic accident in Phnom Penh in 2012. Heng Chivoan

Health departments put on alert for the holidays

The Ministry of Health has called on the country’s 24 provincial health departments to be on alert at all times during the Khmer New Year to help victims of traffic collisions.

“In the lead up to, during and after Khmer New Year, the traffic situation along national roads will be busy, which could lead to traffic accidents,” ministry secretary of state Te Kuy Seng said in a letter to the departments.

More than 100 traffic officers from the Ministry of Interior will be deployed to the roads leading to Phnom Penh to ease congestion and reduce traffic accidents, said Ti Long, deputy director of the ministry’s public order department.

Typically, about six people die per day as a result of traffic collisions, but the number doubles during the holiday period, said Ear Chakriya, director of the Road Safety Institute.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh