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China-aided medical building to help improve Cambodia’s healthcare quality

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The Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh was inaugurated in March this year. XINHUA

China-aided medical building to help improve Cambodia’s healthcare quality

Situated in the Kingdom’s capital, the newly established Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital will play an important role in improving the quality of healthcare services in the Southeast Asian nation.

Built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. under a Chinese government’s grant, the 11-storey building, which includes a helipad on its roof, has 400 beds and is well equipped with high-tech medical equipment.

The building is divided into different units, including surgery, outpatient services, emergency, medical technology, hospitalisation, and logistics.

“It will importantly contribute to improving the quality of healthcare services and the development of human resources for health in the country,” Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said during the inauguration ceremony of the medical building in March.

“It will not only be a lifesaving facility, but also a venue for training medical students and health officials.”

The Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital is a public hospital that provides medical services to all kinds of diseases.

What is more, it is outstanding for its brain surgery, as well as bone and spinal fractures.

Tan Sokun, director of the Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital, called on people to choose the hospital for their treatment instead of seeking medical services abroad.

He said the hospital delivered quality medical services, with cheaper fees than those charged by overseas hospitals.

“All pieces of medical equipment are new and modern, and our medical experts, both Cambodian and Chinese, are highly competent, so I’m confident that the hospital will provide high quality and effective medical services to all patients.

“This is an international standard hospital, so medical services at our hospital are not different from those at overseas hospitals,” Sokun said.

The medical building is the largest project in public health cooperation between Cambodia and China, and it is the fruit of cooperation under the frameworks of the comprehensive strategic partnership and the Belt and Road Initiative.

“It’s a huge gift for the health sector that China has granted to Cambodia,” said Try Limtyty, a 29-year-old doctor at the Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital.

“This new hospital would serve people better as it is well equipped with modern medical technology.”

Local residents are also elated to see a large, beautiful and modern hospital in the central part of Phnom Penh, expressing their confidence that it will provide more convenient and quality medical services to people in the capital and the rest of the country.

“This hospital is an invaluable asset of Cambodia,” said Sar Srey Virak, a 36-year-old Phnom Penh resident.

“I believe that it will play an important role in protecting the wellbeing of Cambodian people, because the hospital has both Cambodian and Chinese veteran doctors, as well as modern medical equipment.” XINHUA

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