Monday, May 17, 2010

Siem Reap Receives US$ 3.3 Million to Strengthen Hospital Project

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Cambodia has provided a total of US$ 3.3 Million in grant aid to the Ministry of Health for the “Project for the Strengthening of the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital Services” in Cambodia.

The singing ceremony of the Record Discussion was made between Dr. Eng Huot, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Kim Byung-gwan, Resident Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office on May 7th at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Eng Huot said the Royal Government of Cambodia and his Ministry appreciated KOCIA’s financial support and hard works in promoting and improving the Cambodians’ heath care, peace, social developments and the progress in Cambodia.

This KOICA’s financial assistance is very important because it will help the Ministry of Health and the Royal government in improving the capacity of medical services in Cambodia, he said, adding that IT is also to strengthen the public health sector of Cambodia by applying Korean expertise and practices in the future.

Mr. Kim Byung-gwan, Resident Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office, said that KOICA has been engaged in a variety of activities aimed at “Making a Better World Together”.

He stated that since the early 1990s, KOICA has supported many development programs in Cambodia. Among those projects, the construction of a mother and child medical center is another new achievement timely response to the need of people and government of Cambodia are improving and upgrading welfare of her people, especially in health for the mother and children.

“I think that our partner countries like Cambodia can actually benefit from our cooperation program which is derived from an actual development experience of Korea, and I expect that this new center will contribute to the Cambodian government's efforts to achieve the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs) by reducing mother and infant mortality rate and serving as the mother and children's main treatment center,” he said at the signing ceremony in Phnom Penh.

“Lastly, it’s our sincere hope that KOICA will give an extensive opportunity and pleasant experience for all the Cambodian people to share Korea’s experiences and perspective on the development issues based on its own past experience,” he added.

Mr. Kim pointed out that a survey team of KOICA visited the Kingdom of Cambodia from May 3 to 7, 2010 for the purpose of working out the details of the Project for the Strengthening of the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital Services in Cambodia.

He added that during their stay in Cambodia, they visited the Ministry of Health, Construction Companies, and some hospitals and also discussed in more details of the project with Dr. Dy Bunchhem, Director of Siem Reap provincial Health Department, Dr. Pen Palkun, and Director of Siem Reap Provincial Hospital in Siem Reap.

Relating to KOICA’s US$ 3.3 millions aid, Mr. Kim Byung-gwan said that the main objectives of the project are to improve the capacity of medical services in the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital by the establishment of a mother and child medical center and the training of doctors and nurses; and strengthen the public health sector of Cambodia by applying Korean expertise and practices.

He said that the project will be implemented for a period of two years (2010-2012) starting with the exchange of diplomatic notes between two governments. The Project will be implemented in designated areas in Siem Reap Provincial Hospital. /

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