Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Svay Rieng clinic shut over spate of deaths

Svay Rieng clinic shut over spate of deaths

The exterior of the Keto Bothra clinic, which was shuttered by the Ministry of Health following a number of deaths following surgeries there.
The exterior of the Keto Bothra clinic, which was shuttered by the Ministry of Health following a number of deaths following surgeries there. Photo supplied

Svay Rieng clinic shut over spate of deaths

The Health Ministry has shuttered a Svay Rieng province clinic after a spate of deaths following surgeries performed there.

In a letter dated October 16 and published by government-aligned media outlet Fresh News yesterday, the Ministry of Health ordered the closure of the Keto Bothra clinic, in Svay Rieng district’s Prey Thlak commune, noting the unusual number of deaths there following operations.

A local health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Health Ministry had sent a team from Phnom Penh to evaluate and assess in recent weeks.

“They didn’t tell us the specific reasons [for the closure]; it is confidential, so it was decided by the ministry,” the official said, while adding that he was aware of several instances of post-operative deaths at the clinic.

“In 2016, there were [fatal broken] thigh operations two times, and a [fatal] hysterectomy surgery operation. And in June of 2017, there was a case of a death because of surgery on a [broken] thigh.”

Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann could not be reached for comment yesterday.


  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of