The Ministry of Health and the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital have decided to extend the mourning period for the hospital founder Dr Beat Richner by three months, noting that many supporters of the beloved doctor want to pay their respects.
Dr Richner died at age 71 in Zurich on September 9 due to a serious illness and mourning ceremonies began soon after at the ministry and hospitals for the public to pay their respects.
The ceremonies were set to end after seven days, but have now been extended by three months.
Heng Sothy, deputy director of the Kantha Bopha Hospital, said the extension is due to the fact that so many supporters of Dr Richner are still coming to mourn his death.
“The death of Dr Beat Richer has affected so many people,” he said. “Due to his dedication to saving the lives of Cambodian children, many want to pay their respect and we must extend the period by 100 days.”
Last week, Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth, who is also the chair of the Cambodian Kantha Bopha Foundation, promised to keep the fund alive while he paid his respect.
Full story in Monday’s paper