Priority health concerns

Maternal and child health

War on dengue

About 350 tonnes of the insecticide Abate have been distributed across the country to kill the mosquitos which cause dengue fever. The insecticide went out on Friday of last week to be put in water jars to kill larvae. In the first three months of ...

All children to have free healthcare in next three months

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that children will receive free healthcare at government hospitals within the next three months. The initiative is aimed at encouraging more parents to take their sick children to hospital and reduce the high rate of mortality among children under ...

Bun Rany urges midwives to upskill

Cambodia’s first lady has called on all midwives to prioritise professional development and improve their skills, ahead of the International Day of the Midwife tomorrow. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife Bun Rany, who is also president of the Cambodian Red Cross, sent a letter calling ...

‘Many accomplices’ involved in sperm smuggling amid unanswered questions

Many accomplices are involved in the sperm smuggling that was detected at a border checkpoint last week, the Health Service Support Department said. “There are at least three to four suspects involved already – two sperm owners, the person who picked up their sperm, the ...

Official: inspection underway on reported import of human sperm

Health officials are investigating a report that human sperm has been imported into Laos, a senior government official has said. Lao law prohibits the trade of human organs including blood and sperm, Director General of Health Care Department under the Ministry of Health Associated Professor ...

Children to receive free healthcare in 2017

Children will receive free healthcare treatment at government hospitals this year according to a new government policy aiming to reduce the rate of mortality of children under five. The policy known as the Strategy and Action Plan for Integrated Service on Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and ...

Malnutrition remains a challenge for Laos

Health officials need accurate reports on community health, including figures relating to nutrition, if the problem of malnutrition is to be adequately addressed, the health minister has said. For several years, health officials working to tackle nutrition in some provinces have been reporting successes that ...

Cambodia bans breast milk exports after international media coverage

Cambodia has permanently banned the sale and export of human breast milk a week after suspending exports by an American company that was harvesting it from impoverished mothers. In a letter to the Ministry of Health on March 28, Cambodia’s governing Council of Ministers officially ...

Cambodia improves human development index

Cambodia’s improvements on human development are the biggest in the region, but standards of living still lag behind neighboring nations, United Nations Development Program figures have shown. The UNDP’s Human Development Index in 2015, which was published on March 21, showed Cambodians’ health, education and ...

Rate of gastric disease in Vietnamese children growing

The rate of children suffering from gastric disease is growing due to schooling pressure and inappropriate food, health experts have said. Doctor Nguyễn Thị Út from the Digestive Disease Department at the National Paediatrics Hospital, said HP bacteria is one of the main causes of ...

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