Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government will increase the budget for the health and education ministries in next year’s national budget to improve the welfare of people.
Speaking at a meeting with garment workers, Mr Hun Sen called on the Health Ministry and all doctors to strengthen the health sector.
“We have to enhance health services to be stronger,” he said. “Economic growth alone is not enough, we must urge social protection to be higher and pay attention to the health of our people.”
Mr Hun Sen added that starting next year, pregnant women from poor families will get cash from the government in order to help them afford medical check-ups.
“Our people’s health is our nation’s health, that is why we pay attention to this issue,” he said. “We will increase the budget for health and education sectors in order to help our people.”
For the 2018 national budget, the Education Ministry received $852 million, a 25 percent increase compared to 2017, while the Health Ministry got $487 million, an increase of 16 percent.
The total national budget was more than $6 billion for 2018, up 15 percent from the previous year.
Khmer Will Party president Kong Monika said he supports increasing the budgets again.
“This is proper thinking, however we should also focus on the implementation of a code of conduct and professionalism for doctors and teachers,” he said.