PM Hun Sen: Investment in Children’s Health Is a Top Priority

AKP Phnom Penh, April 11, 2018 —

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) considers investment in children’s health is one of its top priorities.

The remarks were made this morning by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at the official launch of Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

Enhancement of maternal, infants and children health is a key priority within the RGC’s National Social Protection Policy Framework, he underlined.

According to the Premier, children aged 9 and below constitute about 20 percent and if including those aged 14 and below, they represent more than 30 percent of the Cambodian total population. “They are the future of our country, for they are the labour serving the nation in the coming years, and the parents of the future generation. Therefore, their health is a key factor for the progress of Cambodia’s future economy and society,” he stressed.

This is one of the main reasons of the creation of Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation. Anyway, this newly-launched foundation will not replace the existing Swiss Kantha Bopha Foundation. “The two Foundations will operate in tandem and the collaboration with the Swiss Kantha Bopha Foundation remains important for the operation of the entire (Kantha Bopha) Hospital,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

Senior Minister H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation, said that in 2018, in addition to continued budget support of approximately US$10 million to the Kantha Bopha Hospital, the RGC decided to give the Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation a seed funding for initial subsidy of 40.250 billion Riel or approximately US$10 million for supporting the Kantha Bopha Hospital’s sustainability.

By C. Nika

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