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PHNOM PENH – More than 30 years since its creation in Phnom Penh, Kantha Bopha Hospital still maintains high levels of trust from patients, particularly parents, all across the country.
Many of them travel from afar to bring their children for free treatment in one of the two Kantha Bopha Hospitals, located in the capital city or in Siem Reap.
Nhorn Sokim is one of them. She brought her newborn daughter from Kampong Cham province to Jayavaraman VII Hospital, the name of Kantha Bopha’s branch in Siem Reap, as she had lung issues that caused breathing difficulties.
After she had gone through a series of medical exams and checkups, she was waiting for a taxi to bring her and her daughter back home, more than 100 kilometers south.
While she felt worried when she arrived at the hospital, the treatments her daughter received and the medical attention provided by the doctors eventually put a smile back on her face. Medical staff advised her to come back every two months to do regular checkups on her baby.
“Medical staff here is compassionate, welcoming, and takes good care of every child,” she said.
A few meters away, in the middle of a queue of worried parents who brought their children for medical examination in Siem Reap’s Kantha Bopha Hospital, Soy Phan stands out of the crowd.
Originally from the Chi Kraeng district of the Siem Reap province's Lveng Russey commune, she traveled around 40 kilometers to bring one of her granddaughters because she is having trouble defecating and has been bleeding for a few days.
After consultation, the hospital’s doctors ordered the children to stay a few for observation and will only allow her to go back home once her condition has improved.
Like Sokim, Phan also praised the hospital for having doctors able to handle medical diagnoses and treatments with care and quality in a clean environment.
She also wants to remind everyone who brings their offspring to Kantha Bopha Hospital for treatment to practice good hygiene by disposing of their trash properly, which contributes to maintaining a clean environment.
Since it first opened in 1992, the hospital opened five facilities in the country, four of them being in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap.
It is estimated that around 3,000 sick young girls and boys arrive every day at the five hospitals.
Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Te Chhaysinh for Cambodianess.