The Korean International Cooperation Agency is to fund a new $8 million ear, nose and throat centre at Phnom Penh’s Preah Ang Duong hospital.
The joint government project was signed off yesterday at the Ministry of Health.
Work on the five-storey centre will begin next year. It will boast advanced equipment for diagnosis, treatment and operations, as well as offering training programmes for medical professionals with help from Korean doctors.
Jeong Yun Gil, country manager for KOICA, said the centre hopes to address the fact that ear, nose and throat disease is on the rise in Cambodia.
He said Preah Ang Duong plays a key role in treatment and training since it is the only specialist ear, nose and throat hospital in the country.
However, the capacity of the hospital is still limited by the facilities, equipment and expertise of doctors.
“ENT problems require primary care from physicians and caregivers. ENT specialists and doctors play an important role in the health of patients, especially given that ENT problems are closely linked to physical, emotional and educational development. ENT diseases need careful treatment, otherwise they can develop to cancer,” he said.
Health Minister Mam Bunheang said KOICA already supported the construction of an eye centre at Preah Ang Duong.
“We asked KOICA to support us further by providing modern equipment and training to improve Cambodian doctors’ capacity in ENT disease,” he said.
Preah Ang Duong director Lou Ly Kheang said the hospital sees 300 patients each day for ENT diseases, while at least 30 patients per day need ENT-related operations.
“We are lacking beds and rooms for our ENT patients, so this new building will help a lot,” he said.