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Health department publishes index of unlicensed nurses

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Police hold a meeting over the issue. Koh Santepheap

The Svay Rieng Provincial Health Department yesterday issued a list of nearly 400 names of people who are not permitted to work in the health sector.

The news came after police arrested an unlicensed nurse on May 3 after he gave an injection which caused a villager to die.

Colonel Mom Sarorng, district deputy police chief, at the time said the suspect gave the injection, and that the victim died after developing a fever and rashes.

The provincial health department said residents should be aware of unlicensed nurses who work in villages. It said that unlicensed nurses go door-to-door in the province to treat people and sell medicine.

Ker Ratha, director of the provincial health department, said that he would file a complaint with the provincial court should the unlicensed nurses fail to heed the warning.

Mr Ratha said the list of names has been disseminated to commune and village chiefs.

“If they do not respect our warning, then the court will take legal action by summoning them and ordering them to sign a contract,” he said. “It would then be up to the court because we filed the complaint.”

Mr Ratha said unlicensed nurses hide from the authorities because they did not qualify to practice nursing. He said many of them keep their medicine and equipment in bags.

Medical supplies seized from unlicensed nurses. Koh Santepheap

“We are trying to help and prevent incidents from occurring to our people in the province,” he said. “We don’t want people in the province to be cheated by those unlicensed nurses.”

“I want to call on everyone to refrain from receiving health services from nurses who go door-to-door because they are not licensed and do not have permission from the Health Ministry of the provincial health department,” Mr Ratha said.

Additionally, Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court last week charged a high school teacher for pretending to be a doctor.

Major General Khov Ly, chief of provincial police, said the suspect was arrested after the provincial health department filed a complaint.

Last month, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng called on all provincial health departments to disseminate information on how people can protect themselves from medical malpractice.

“Officials have to explain to people to go get health services at departments or clinics nearby their house,” Mr Bun Heng said.

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