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.
The building is expected to be completed in May and covers 3,135 square meters. It will be equipped with high-end medical technology from Japan including an X-ray machine, ultrasound room, emergency room, operation room, sterilization room and an intensive care unit.
The Japanese government is also providing doctors from Japan who will be on stand-by to help train Cambodian doctors and provide medical assistance. Cambodian doctors from the hospital will also have the opportunity to attend training sessions in Japan.
The hospital currently has a staff of 171 people and 168 beds. It is seeking to recruit about 30 more staff members for the new building. In 2016, it assisted nearly 20,000 outpatients and 15,000 inpatients.
“The new building will help reduce the rate of patient transfer to national-level hospitals and will encourage local people to use the hospital service instead of going to Vietnam, especially those living along the border,” Mr. Rathana said.
Chan Dara, director of the provincial referral hospital, said the new building will help reduce the burden on their current building.
“It will be beneficial for the people in Svay Rieng province because currently, we have a bed occupancy rate of over 100 percent, meaning that we lack the space and equipment to accommodate patients,” he said.
Mr. Dara told Khmer Times he expected the new building to increase patient satisfaction, decrease morbidity and mortality rates, increase utilization rates and reduce patient transfers.
Kazuhiko Hashimoto, project manager for the construction project, said the land and building plans underwent two years of study before they were put into motion last year.
“We did a feasibility study for two years before we started construction on the building in 2016. The building is constructed according to standards. It is strong,” he said.
“The construction materials were bought in Cambodia and when it is finished, it will be equipped with medical equipment imported from Japan.”
Source: Khmer Times