Cambodia Urges Joint Efforts for Affordable, Quality, Effective and Safe Health Services

Cambodia has urged for joint efforts among ASEAN member countries to promote affordable, quality, effective and safe health services.

Cambodia Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng made the call in his opening address of the 14th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development (14th ASEAN SOMHD) and Related Meetings at Siem Reap province early this week.

This would mean we have to work together to address emerging challenges faced by health sector in all ASEAN countries to ensure it can cover the most marginalised group, underlined the minister.

After the ousted Khmer Rouge regime, there were only 40 medical doctors across Cambodia, but through the government's commitment and hard work, the Kingdom has now more than 20,000 health staff.

Ministry of Health has also been introducing equity fund to support public health access among Cambodians from unfortunate backgrounds.

As added by H.E. Mam Bunheng in his address, healthy life skills, expansion of health system to respond to communicable diseases, food security, and demolition of fake and low quality medicines are priority areas that ASEAN countries should consider to further promote.

Cambodia is hosting the 14th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Health Development and Related Meetings, from April 2 to 5.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press