Minister of Health calls for equal treatment of patients

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng visits a woman and her newborn baby at the Korean-funded maternity hospital in Battambang on May 18. Battambang Health Department

The Ministry of Health renewed its call on officials to pay attention to examining and treating patients ethically, professionally and fairly, regardless of their political affiliations.

Minister Mam Bun Heng made the call during the May 18 inauguration of the maternity and child care building at the provincial referral hospital in Battambang. The facility was built with the help of South Korea, through the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH).

Bun Heng said this assistance to Battambang residents is very important, as the building is equipped with a wide range of modern amenities to meet people’s needs.

“I urge all health officials to give equal attention to examining and treating people with health conditions ethically, professionally and fairly, regardless of political affiliation, creed or color. health officials must have good hearts and behave with professional responsibility,” he said.

Bun Heng added that officials should pay special attention to the poor, the elderly, women, children and those who encounter difficulties and need help.

The government, he said, has been working to bring services closer to the people by creating new health centers and hospitals and improving health infrastructure.

“This maternity and child care building will be used efficiently and will help people avoid unauthorized treatment by people not recognized by health authorities. I don’t want to see or hear of pregnant women putting themselves in danger or risking their lives because they don’t have access to proper and timely medical services,” he said.

South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia Park Heung-kyeong said the ministry and KOFIH have been working closely together for a decade to establish maternal, child and child health care in the northwest, including the provinces of Battambang, Pursat and Pailin.

He said about 1.7 million people in the region would benefit from the program, including women and newborns.

“Through this initiative, we have seen steady progress, including more mothers giving birth safely and more newborn babies receiving appropriate and timely treatment in the region,” Heung-kyeong said.

The Ambassador added that the building will play an important role in providing better quality services to many mothers and babies.

The maternity and maternity building has two floors and a capacity of up to 70 beds. The building is divided by its main services and includes a neonatology service, two operating rooms, two maternity rooms and five patient rooms.

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