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Unlicensed Battambang Doctors in Court Next Week

Naomi-Collett Ritz / Khmer Times Share:

SIEM REAP (Khmer Times) – Four doctors arrested last month for operating unlicensed clinics here have been requested to appear at the Battambang provincial court next week. 

The two Chinese nationals and two Cambodians with Chinese citizenship were arrested last month for practicing medicine in three Battambang clinics. They were not licensed by the Ministry of Health.

The three clinics were shut down pending an investigation. 

The four men were released after questioning. It seems most likely they will be fined, and not serve jail time. They are not being charged with criminal acts. 

The provincial court overseeing the case asked translators to review the legitimacy of certification belonging to Chinese doctors Ma Phy, who ran the China-Korea 24-Hour clinic, and Quo Liuana, who led the Khmer-China Friendship clinic. 

The raids on unlicensed clinics follow the arrest in Battambang last December of unlicensed medical practitioner Yem Chhrem, who admitted to reusing injection needles on his patients. His irresponsible practice apparently led to a large-scale HIV/AIDS outbreak in Roka commune, infecting over 250 people and killing at least eight. 

Mr. Chhrem has been charged with aggravated murder, intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS and practicing without a medical license. He is in prison awaiting trial.

In response to the outbreak, the Health Ministry issued a directive to police and health department officials to shutter unlicensed health care facilities and to stop individuals practicing medicine without a license. 

Siem Reap’s Khmer-China Friendship clinic on Sivutha Boulevard closed down last year. 

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