Monday, November 16, 2009

Faith Medical Mission Provides Free Treatment to Cambodians

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Approximately 40 American medical doctors and volunteers from the Faith Medical Mission provided free health check-ups and treatment for Cambodians on November 4 in Stung Meanchey commune, Phnom Penh. The health check-up and treatment included eye checks, teeth checks as well as treatments, and other general health checks and disease treatment, according to Key Pov, Director of the David Construction Company and Facilitator of the Faith Medical Mission.

The Director Key Pov said that during the check-ups and treatments, American doctors also provided free glasses and medicine for those who have eye problems. He said it marked the first time his company, in collaboration with the Faith Medical Mission, has provided healthcare for poor people in Phnom Penh.

“The main purpose of the Faith Medical Mission’s activities is to provide free health check-ups and treatment for poor people who are not able to get their health checked and treated at the private clinics, health centers or state hospitals in Phnom Penh. It is also to improve and promote healthcare for the Cambodian people in order to contribute to development and progress and also to reduce poverty in Cambodia,” he said.

Key Pov stated that over 2,000 Cambodian people have received a health check-up and treatment from the Faith Medical Mission’s medical doctors and volunteers in Phnom Penh. The treatment has taken place at his company in Stung Meanchey district in Phnom Penh.

He added that most of the people who got the treatment are poor and work as garbage workers, living around the former dump site in Stung Meanchey district in Phnom Penh. They are not able to see doctors for health check-ups and treatment because they are busy with their work from morning until evening in order to make money to support their families.

Beng Kim, 56, is a garbage collector who lives in Stung Meanchey Dump Site in Phnom Penh. Kim has had problems with his eyes for many years but did not dare to go see a doctor at the private or state hospital because he was afraid that he didn’t have enough money to pay for an eye check and treatment.

“I think that I am very lucky that I have received my eye check and treatments free of charge from the Faith Medical Mission’s doctors in Phnom Penh. I thank the American volunteer doctors and Faith Medical Mission very much. I hope that after this treatment my eyes will become better and I will be able to work to earn money to continue to support my family in the future,” he said.


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