Japanese hospital wing brings hope

Provincial health officials in Svay Rieng are eager to open a new hospital extension, believing it will help reduce the number of patients transferred to other regional facilities and lead to fewer people being forced to travel within Cambodia or abroad for treatment. Ke Rathana, a provincial health ministry representative, said the building will cost more than $9 million to construct, with the national government contributing $100,000 and the Japanese government covering the rest. “In the provincial town, the people normally rely on the services at the provincial hospital. Not only the people in Svay Rieng, but those from Kampong Cham province and Prey Veng province, probably because our fees are cheaper and our service is quick,” he said.

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