Two French hospitals give healthcare a shot in the arm

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng signed a new memorandum of understanding establishing a partnership between four Cambodian hospitals and two public university hospitals in France.

The purpose of the agreement is twofold: to exchange knowledge and expertise. The second part will see Cambodian patients travel to France for treatment.

The signing ceremony was held yesterday at the Cambodia-China Friendship Hospital. The MoU is the result of the initiative of a team of French health experts working in Cambodia.

The MoU includes four local hospitals – Cambodia-China Friendship Hospital Preah Kossamak, Preah Ang Duong Hospital, Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital and Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital.

The French side of the MoU commits to two university hospitals – the Center Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Clermont-Ferrand and the CHU de Toulouse-Purpan.

Tan Sokun, director of the Cambodia-China Friendship Hospital, said the agreement focuses on four key objectives.

First, human resources training for medical students and Cambodian doctors who are going to study in France.

The second goal is France’s commitment to provide medical equipment to Cambodia’s hospitals.

The third goal is to get patients from Cambodia to go to hospitals in France for treatment.

He added: “Finally, the fourth objective is to receive a group of French doctors who will travel to Cambodia to work and share their expertise. This team will be involved in training students and doctors.”

The French University Hospitals Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse-Purpan are well-known national hospitals offering multidisciplinary treatment and also specialist treatment of nose, ear and throat disorders.

Dr Quach Mengly, a public health expert, said the signing of the memorandum of understanding with France is a good thing for Cambodia.

He commended the opportunity for Cambodians to study and receive specialist care in France, a great country with an advanced healthcare system.

To boost the health sector, Cambodia should strengthen inspections of public and private hospitals, especially to verify genuinely qualified doctors and root out dangerous fakes, he added.

Mengly pointed out that there are gaps in Cambodia’s health sector. Some criminals actually buy fake medical degrees. These people may not have completed their medical studies. Other doctors are limited only in practical experience, knowledge and skills.

All medical graduates must be properly regulated, he said.

Proper exams and certifications are required. In addition, the number of years of professional study must be clearly defined, and the specialist follows a well-organized university training program.

Mengly pointed out, “Our problem is that medical students who have just graduated from Year 12 are going to university. I think it is better to finish undergraduate studies before starting medicine. Because undergraduate study can help medical students mature and prepare them for higher studies. Get ready.”

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