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More physical therapy nurses needed

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Physical therapy access is limited. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The Health Ministry is planning to increase the number of physical therapy nurses in all health centres and hospitals across the country because only 50 percent of facilities currently have enough.

Song Sith, president of the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association, said during a physical therapy congress on Monday that Cambodians are becoming more aware of the need for physical therapy to heal injuries.

“Human resources for physical therapy are still limited in Cambodia; there are only 465 physical therapy nurses, and this figure is very small for providing treatment to more than 15 million people,” he said, noting it means one physical therapy nurse provides treatment to more than 300,000 of the population.

Mr Sith said that Cambodia has to train more nurses in physical therapy in order to treat people in rural communities.

He added that only about 50 referral hospitals among 102 currently have physical therapy staff.

“The referral hospitals in remote areas such as in Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri and Mondolkiri provinces do not have nurses for physical therapy,” said Mr Sith.

Thea Kruy, secretary of state at the Health Ministry, said at the congress that the ministry plans to improve and increase physical therapy programmes in all state hospitals. “In 2017, the ministry recruited 23 physical therapy nurses in order to work for referral hospitals in Cambodia,” said Mr Kruy.

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