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Taskforce to find cause of woman’s death

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The woman died after surgery at a private clinic in Kratie province. Koh Santepheap

The Kratie provincial health department said yesterday it would create a committee to determine why a woman died after receiving treatment at a private clinic.

Chhneang Sovatha, director of the health department, said a woman named Ho Sophallin was treated at the Phsar Chhnang Clinic 2 in Kratie town at the end of 2017.

He said Ms Sophallin came to the clinic to have surgery, which was unsuccessful.

“The woman had a disease. She had a tumour in her breast. She went to Vietnam many times, but for her last doctor visit, she had surgery at this private clinic here,” he said.

“She died at the end of last year but her family is still not satisfied and wants to know why she died.”

Mr Sovatha added the victim’s family filed a complaint with the department seeking the truth about Ms Sophallin’s death.

He said the committee would be established to investigate if the death could have been prevented.

“I don’t know why the woman died. We are investigating it,” he said, adding people had complained about the clinic in the past.

The clinic could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the Kampong Cham provincial health department last week began investigating a case in which a handkerchief was left in a woman’s womb following a caesarean section.

Dim Srey Mom, 35, a teacher at a high school in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district, suffered stomach pains for months following the birth of her son at the provincial hospital.

After her family sought intervention, she received $5,000 from the provincial health department, an additional $1,250 from the provincial governor, and free follow-up care at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh courtesy of the Prime Minister’s wife.

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