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New centre for mentally ill to open

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Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth inspects the new centre. MOSA

The Social Affairs Ministry yesterday announced that a new mental illness treatment centre in Kandal province’s Kandal Stueng district will begin operations later this month.

Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth yesterday visited the building’s site and announced that construction had been completed and the centre will be launched sometime in June.

He said that the centre, located on a three-hectare site, will initially care for 60 patients

“The construction has already finished and the centre will start to receive people for treatment in June,” Mr Sauth said.

The ministry began building the $500,000 centre in 2017 in collaboration with Phnom Penh City Hall because most of the patients will come from the capital.

The centre will provide care and treatment for people with mental disorders and the province will be the first outside Phnom Penh to have a facility to treat the mentally ill. The centre will have specialist psychiatrists.

Among patients to be treated are those suffering from mental disorders due to the overuse of drugs. They will be given counselling and medication to aid them.

Chhour Sok Phanha, chief of the ministry’s social affairs department, yesterday said the centre will receive 60 patients to start, most of whom will be transferred from the state rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh.

He noted that the centre will have separate treatment facilities for men and women.

Mr Sok Phanha added that the centre’s modern accommodation will be like a new home for the patients, most of whom are homeless.

“The centre has inpatient wards, treatment rooms, a canteen, and a gym all of which should help speed up their recovery,” he noted, adding that those who are discharged will be reintegrated into society.

Khun Se, 45, from Phnom Penh, yesterday said he has a son who suffered from a mental disorder caused by drug overuse.

“At first I did not want to send my son to the rehabilitation centre in the capital and decided to keep him at home because I was worried that no one would care for him,” Mr Se said. “But I later sent him to the centre for treatment and now he is cured.”

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