Although the health sector has significantly improved socio-economic development, poverty and mortality rates in Cambodia, the government will continue with its health strategic plan to strengthen the quality of health services in the future.
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said the plan aims to further reduce maternal, infant and child mortality and malnutrition, expand prevention and treatment of communicable diseases and chronic treatment.
At the same time, the ministry will continue to strengthen the “attitude” of health care providers as well as their skills and capacities, and will improve the management and supply of drugs and medical equipment.
Speaking at a meeting to review the sector’s work results in 2021 and its focus for 2022 at the provincial health department in Siem Reap, Bun Heng said the ministry will also strengthen the health information system.
“In addition, the poor will continue to be exempted from paying for services through the equity fund project,” he said, noting that free social security for health care in health facilities public servants, former public servants and veterans will continue.
Siem Reap provincial health department deputy director Eap Bun Loeun said good cooperation with local authorities, partner organizations and stakeholders enables health centers in the province to deliver health services. 24 hours a day.
“Poor households are protected against financial risks and receive medical examination and similar treatment services through the equity fund provided by the government and development partners, with the exception of payments in public health facilities “, did he declare.
Furthermore, the latest national census showed that infant and child mortality rates in Cambodia are relatively low compared to other developing countries in the region.
Between 2008 and 2019, the infant mortality rate fell to 18 per 1,000 births from age 26 while infant mortality (under five) fell to 28 per 1,000 live births from age 44.
As part of the UN development agenda, the new target for reducing the mortality rate by 2030 has been set at 12 infants per 1,000 live births, while the rate for children under five should be at least 25 per 1,000 live births.