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South Korea to continue aiding Kingdom’s healthcare sector

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Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Won Mook-Lee yesterday. KT/Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday received assurance that South Korea will continue to assist the Kingdom with the development of its healthcare sector, including training doctors.

Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to the Prime Minister, said that the assurance was made during a courtesy call by Won Mook-Lee, president of Konyang University, and Hee-Soo Kim, founder of Konyang Education at the Peace Palace.

“He [Mr Won] said South Korea will continue to provide aid to Cambodia, especially for the healthcare sector,” he said.

Mr Kim Hourn said the Prime Minister expressed his thanks to Mr Won, whose university is continuing to be involved in training Cambodian doctors.

He said Mr Hun Sen noted that South Korea has paid special attention to helping Cambodians who are deaf or blind.

Mr Kim Hourn added that the premier also informed Mr Won that the Royal Government of Cambodia has been successful in preventing diseases such as polio, measles, and tetanus.

“Currently, Cambodia is focusing on the fight against tuberculosis, high blood pressure and eliminating malaria by 2025,” Mr Kim Hourn said.

In 2015, Mr Hun Sen and Chung Ui-hwa, the visiting South Korean Speaker of Parliament, jointly inaugurated a four-storey Eye Care Centre at the Preah Ang Duong Hospital complex in Phnom Penh.

The Prime Minister said then that the building, dubbed Cambodia-Korea Friendship Eye Care Centre, was constructed under a South Korean grant aid of $5.5 million. The building comprises of 75 rooms, including outpatient examination rooms, inpatient rooms and operating rooms.

Mr Kim Hourn yesterday also said that Mr Hun Sen will be leading a delegation to attend the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative and Mekong-Rok summits in South Korea in November.

“During the visit, Samdech [Hun Sen] has planned to meet with Cambodian workers in South Korea,” he noted.

According the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the 19th Asean-ROK Commemorative Summit will be held on November 25 and 26, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Asean-ROK Dialogue Relations.

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