The Svay Rieng provincial health department permanently closed a private clinic on Wednesday after the owner overstepped limitations on treatment imposed upon him by the department.
Keo Ratha, director of the provincial health department, said yesterday that the department issued a licence to the owner to open a patient care room certified to offer treatment prescribed by doctors, including issuing medicine and injections.
The clinic was called Sok Sovannara and was owned by Nhem Chanra, 29, in Romdoul district.
Mr Ratha said that Mr Chanra graduated with an associate degree in nursing and was therefore only granted permission to care for patients as prescribed by doctors.
“We allowed him to open the clinic as a care room with only two beds,” he said. “But he did not follow our instructions and put more than 10 beds in the clinic and was treating patients overnight who had serious illnesses.”
Mr Ratha added that after an investigation revealed that Mr Chanra was treating patients who had not yet seen a doctor, he and other department officials visited the clinic and shut it down.
“We will not allow him to run his business any more in this province, but he may be able to do it in another province if that province’s authority does not know his background,” Mr Ratha said. “We are lucky that no one died under his care.”
The clinic had been operating since 2015, he added.
According to a Svay Rieng provincial health department report, 248 illegal clinics have been shut down in the province so far this year.