The Women’s Affairs Ministry last week launched the Nokor Tep hospital in Dangkor district in a bid to provide female reproductive services to those less fortunate.
Women’s Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi said the hospital’s first task is to secure equipment and human resources.
Ms Kantha Phavi said in the meantime, the hospital is working with the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital and Calmette Hospital to iprovide cancer treatment and gynaecologists.
“Right now we are encouraging poor women to find a gynaecologist and get treated for cancer here at the hospital,” she said. “We created this hospital, which is a part of the government’s policy in promoting women’s health.”
Supported by the Nokor Tep Foundation, the hospital is dedicated to the health of women across the country, especially those who are less fortunate. It said the hospital treats breast and cervical cancer patients by using radiotherapy and providing gynaecological consultation services.
Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said the building of the hospital was also supported by Queen Mother Norodom Monineath and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife Bun Rany, adding that it is part of the government’s initiative to help poor women.
“The government previously created a legal group to help poor women,” Mr Namhong said, referring to a recently created government legal team to help poor women. “Now the government created this hospital to promote women’s rights and health.”
Sophea Vy, 45, said financial challenges pose problems for many who are seeking cancer treatment.
“Most women are worried about cervical and breasts cancer because they will need a lot of money for treatment,” Ms Vy said. “We hope this hospital will help women and help reduce the costs of treatment.”
Sem Sopheak, 48, said the hospital can give hope to women who were diagnosed with cancer.
“This hospital gives a lot of hope for women who have cancer,” Ms Sopheak said. “Some women spend a lot of money to have diseases treated. I hope spending costs will be reduced.”