The Ministry of Health plans to organise a competition to improve the quality of service at health centres across the country and to encourage people to use state-run health providers.
The ministry said yesterday the competition for all state-run health providers would judge the cleanest and most efficient to encourage overall improvement. Spokeswoman Or Vandin said the competition would start soon and include feedback from patients on the service.
“State health centres must ensure their centres have clean, good environments, and are providing good quality service to residents in order to provide confidence to residents,” she said, noting a lot of villagers used private clinics that might not be licensed.
Ms Vandin said all state health centres would not only be judged by the ministry during the competition but also by patients, who would be asked to fill out review forms.
Keo Rotha, director of the Health Department in Svay Rieng province, said the plan was a good idea.
“Now all staff at health centres will improve the quality of service for residents,” he said.
Meanwhile, China yesterday provided 40 sets of mobile clinics to the ministry, which said they would help to improve health services for people in rural areas.