Officials in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district have temporarily closed a private clinic run by a licensed nurse after a four-month-old child died following an injection.
Touch Kimnhean, 40, the nurse in charge of the clinic, was also arrested on Monday, one day after the death of the child.
District police officer Sok Ponleu said the victim’s family did not file a complaint in the case, but the provincial court prosecutor decided to pursue action against Mr Kimnhean.
“He denied giving medical treatment that caused the death of the victim and said his treatment was in line with medical standards,” Mr Ponleu said.
“The relatives of the victim did not file a complaint against him because they thought their baby’s death was due to their bad decision.”
Mr Kimnhean was detained and sent to the provincial health department on Tuesday afternoon, after which he was due to appear in the provincial court.
“He has a licence giving him the right to prescribe medicine, but not injections,” Mr Ponleu said.
Mr Kimnhean allegedly told police that he gave the child the injection at about 4pm. The family went home, but returned to the clinic when the child’s condition worsened at about 1am.
The parents said they did not understand what was wrong with their child, Mr Ponleu added.
Ang Neang, chief of the provincial health department, said Mr Kimnhean may have gone beyond the capacity of his licence in treating the child.
“The suspect is being held at the provincial health department and a meeting to decide his fate will be held on Thursday,” he said.