A team of volunteer doctors led by Hun Many offered free examinations to people in Baset district, Kampong Speu province. They also provided treatment at no charge and educated them about follow up care, as well as informing them about the Covid-19 vaccination programme and health measures.
The examinations were made possible through a collaboration between the Kampong Speu provincial administration and the provincial health department.
Leng Phally, CEO of the Hun Many Volunteer Doctors and secretary of state of the Ministry of Planning, took to social media on May 7 to share details of the work.
“522 doctors examined and treated 7,879 people on the compound of the Tuol Skor Pagoda in Thnal Dach village, Preah Khe commune. They examined men, women and children for a wide variety of diseases, including respiratory diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and ear nose and throat problems. They also offered psychological evaluations to 126 patients,” he wrote.
“They performed 19 minor surgeries, and conducted 472 eye examinations and 351 oral health ones,” he added.
He explained that much of the work concerned updating the populace on the current availability and recommendations of Covid-19 vaccinations.
“This work was purely humanitarian. It was done out of love for people of the same blood. Khmer love Khmer. We must unite as one to reach our shared future,” he said.
“The doctors examined every patient with no consideration for their partisanship, religion or political affiliation. The work aims to reduce poverty and improve community wellbeing,” he concluded.
Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang told The Post on May 8 that the free treatment was a timely reminder for many of the people of the province to get regular check-ups.
He noted that even though such check-ups were available year-round, many people seemed to put them off until such an event came around.
“The volunteer doctors complement the public health services which are already available,” he concluded.
Leng Phally said that in the more than a decade that the volunteer doctors have been conducting these free clinics, they have treated or educated 11,708,524 people.
“Since December 2012, under the guidance of Hun Many, head of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), we have conducted 1,011 clinics,” he concluded.