The World Health Organisation yesterday praised the Kingdom’s efforts to deal with a host of diseases, resulting in higher lifespans for its people.
Takeshi Kasai, its regional director for the Western Pacific, conveyed the organisation’s appreciation during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.
He said he believed that Mr Hun Sen is steering the Kingdom in the right direction in the fight against epidemics.
Eang Sophalleth, Mr Hun Sen’s assistant, yesterday told reporters after the meeting that Mr Kasai noticed that Cambodia’s health sector has improved a lot over the last two decades, resulting in the population living longer.
“Now, the world is facing a variety of challenges, such as dealing with a growing incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and so on,” Mr Sophalleth said, noting that there are also diseases which are difficult to treat, including African Swine fever.
“WHO is confident that Cambodia’s goal towards sustainable national development under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen is succeeding in dealing with various diseases,” he added.
Mr Kasai last visited Cambodia in 2000 and said during the meeting that he noticed that the Kingdom has developed rapidly.
Mr Sophalleth said that Mr Hun Sen congratulated Mr Kasai on his promotion as the new WHO regional director for the Western Pacific.
He said that the Prime Minister also expressed his pleasure over the close cooperation enjoyed between the Kingdom and WHO.
“Through this good cooperation, Cambodia has successfully dealt with serious diseases such as polio, measles, avian influenza and HIV/AIDS which the Kingdom has effectively contained and even reduced,” Mr Sophalleth said.
He said the premier had noted that Cambodia is cooperating well with WHO and other organizations to prepare measures to prevent the spread of communicable disease among its people or to neighboring countries.
“In 2025, Cambodia plans to launch a national program to end malaria in the Kingdom and also to become a smoke-free country,” Mr Sophalleth said, adding that the government has implemented a social security net to help poor pregnant women.
He said the government is also promoting programmes to ensure that people have access to proper nutrition.