Police in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samraong city on Sunday arrested an unlicensed medical practitioner who caused the death of a woman after he prescribed a cocktail of drugs.
Captain Cheab Sareap, city deputy police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Sroeung Bunrith, 61, and said he was arrested in Koun Kriel commune’s Chrung Khang Lech village after the death of Chhouk Mao, 24, who overdosed on drugs.
“Before the incident, the victim was unwell and went to seek treatment from the suspect who gave her a combination of drugs, including Glugose and Vitamin Becom-plex B1, causing the victim to suffer a drug reaction and die,” he said.
Cap Sareap said that after his arrest, police found that Mr Bunrith was unlicensed and had been dispensing medication without permission from the provincial health department.
He noted the police are building a case against the suspect to send him to court for further action.
Khlok Huot, provincial health department director, yesterday said that Mr Bunrith did not have a licence to practice medicine and had illegally run a clinic to treat people although he did not have any medical qualifications.
“This unlicensed medical practitioner learnt how to treat people from others and opened a clinic illegally,” he said. “We do not know how many years he has been practising because he operated from his house which is located in a remote part of the village.”
Mr Huot said that following Mr Bunrith’s arrest, the department shuttered his business and filed a lawsuit against him for running a clinic without medical qualifications and causing the death of a woman whom he had treated.
He added that he would hold a meeting with his department’s officials and other local authorities to devise strategies to locate and crack down on other unlicensed medical practitioners to eliminate such practices in the province.
In May, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng instructed municipal and provincial health department directors to file court complaints against unlicensed medical practitioners working for businesses that offer treatment, including administering injections illegally, in order to completely eliminate illegal healthcare services.
He noted that the ministry has observed that there are still some individuals and businesses that provide medical treatment without legal permits and these affect people’s health, cause them to lose money and in some cases led to the loss of life.