Minister of Health Chheang Ra has commended the ongoing modernisation of Preah Ang Duong Hospital and recommended that expansion activities continue, in order to provide the public with efficient, safe healthcare.

He delivered his remarks came as he met with Ministry of Health officials and staff of the hospital on last week, according to a ministry social media post.

Chheang Ra spoke highly of the progress of the hospital, saying that both new and existing buildings have been constructed and renovated to a high standard. The hospital is well-stocked with advanced medical equipment and human resources.

“Along with this progress, I recommend that all of you continue to modernise the hospital through the use of digital innovation, and seek to improve the implementation of more new building projects. In particular, you must continue to implement your current activities, ensuring a timely response to the priorities set out in the first phase of the government’s Pentagonal Strategy, and the priorities of the health ministry,” he said.

He explained that the Pentagonal Strategy prioritised the health sector, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. In order to achieve comprehensive health coverage, the ministry needs to implement the nine-point strategy and key priorities, by improving health centres and expanding medical infrastructure. 

The ministry is committed to equipping medical facilities and providing adequate supplies of medicine and strengthening the capacity of staff to ensure 24-hour services are available, he said.

Yang Kim Eng, president of the People’s Centre for Development and Peace, believed the minister’s recommendations would serve as an inspirational and encouraging message. He noted that Preah Ang Duong Hospital is well-regarded by the public for its effective services, in particular its ear, nose and throat (ENT) department. 

“In general, when people develop ENT problems, they go to the hospital. The minister’s visit was excellent news, and I hope that he might visit other hospitals and push for the improvement of other services,” he added.

He suggested that the health ministry urge the modernisation of all hospitals, in order to gain the trust of the public, and encourage them not to travel abroad for medical treatment. 

“Currently, when people fall seriously ill, they seldom choose to get treated at a domestic hospital. This has tainted the image of the Kingdom’s health services, and costs the local economy,” he said.

“It is very important that we convince people of the quality of local healthcare services. This depends on several factors, but one of the most crucial is the conduct of doctors. They must conduct themselves ethically, and have respect for the dignity of patients,” he added.