Svay Rieng’s provincial health department on Monday closed two clinics that were found to be operating illegally in Bavet city.
Department director Ke Ratha said officials shut one illegal Chinese medicine clinic and revoked the licence of another nursing clinic that was providing overnight care without being authorised to do so.
The owner of the Chinese medicine clinic was identified as Chinese national Wang Yuhui, while the owner of the New Peace nursing clinic was named as Chhoeum Marida.
“We checked for illegal medicines and confiscated what we found,” Dr Ratha said, adding that four boxes of medicines were confiscated from the Chinese clinic, while seven were seized from the second facility.
He added the Chinese clinic had only been up and running for one month and all the directions for taking medicines were written in Chinese.
The department would file a lawsuit against Mr Wang with the court, Dr Ratha said.
Dr Ratha said he suspected Mr Wang was unfamiliar with Cambodian law and that a local broker encouraged him to set up the illegal business.
Regarding the nursing clinic, Dr Ratha said Ms Marida had breached the terms of her three-year licence issued in 2016.
The licence permitted her to offer treatment prescribed by doctors, including dispensing medicine and giving injections, but she was giving health consultations and treating patients overnight.
“She was acting like a doctor and also providing overnight care. We confiscated her licence and closed the clinic,” Dr Ratha said. “She can apply for new licence after one year.”
In October, the Svay Rieng provincial health department permanently closed a private clinic in Romdoul district after the owner overstepped limitations on treatment imposed upon him by the department.
According to a Svay Rieng provincial health department report, 248 illegal clinics were shut down in the province in 2017.
On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded the Health Ministry to strictly examine the opening of clinics and sales of medicine by pharmacies to avoid harming people’s health. Dr Ratha vowed to crackdown on all illegal clinics across Svay Rieng province.