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Child Mortality Rate in Cambodia Is Declining

By: The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein Posted: October-06-2009 in
The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 633 - Monday, 5.10.2009

"Phnom Penh: Child mortality rate in Cambodia is declining, a good sign for Cambodia to possibly achieve the Millennium Development Goals of Cambodia.

"Most directors of various hospitals at provinces and cities claimed there are now better health condition for children in the country.

"The director of the Kratie Referral Hospital, Dr. Ou Khilay, said that though Malaria and respiratory diseases are increasing in the province, the child mortality rate from these diseases and other infectious diseases declined, compared to last year.

"He added that since the province has received equity funding from the government to help pay for poor people to receive health services, more people, both adults and children, have come to hospitals.

"The director of the Serei Saophoan Referral Hospital in Banteay Meanchey, Dr. Eav Daravuth, said that the mortality rate in the hospital dropped because of better strengthening and more efficient treatments. He added that there is still occasional child mortality, mostly resulting from late referral to the hospital.

"According to observations on population and health in Cambodia, the rate of 85 deaths of children under the age of one year in 2005 has declined to 66 deaths among 1,000 births. The rate of 124deaths of children under the age of 5 among 1,000 births between 2000 and 2005 has dropped to 83 deaths.

"The director of the National Child Hospital, Dr. Chhuo Imeng, said via telephone yesterday that while there are no ravaging diseases, we saw that some diseases, emergency ones, had killed children because of late referrals. He continued to say that the mortality rate of newly-delivered infants is high due to many factors, like the delivering of babies without expert midwives, no pre-check on pregnant women, and some babies are born with insufficient weight.

"He added that the diseases frequently found in the hospital that killed most children are respiratory disease, diarrhea, dengue fever, asthma, and malnutrition.

"He went on to say that anyway, the child mortality rate is declining, dropping about 1% to 1.3% at the hospital at present.

"Also, vaccinations helped to reduced the child mortality rate a lot.

"The director of the vaccination program, Professor San Chansoeun, said that the provision of seven types of vaccines, which cover 90% of the children, has contributed to reduce the child mortality rate considerably. He added, in 2010, the vaccination program will add Hip vaccine ["Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a bacterium that infects the lining of the brain, causing meningitis"] into the program which can protect children from inflammation of the lung and from meningitis." Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5012, 5.10.2009

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Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #302, 4-5.10.2009

  • The Siem Reap Authorities Start to Clean Up the Town after the Flood Receded
  • Oxfam Appeals for Urgent Aid [for Cambodia after the destruction caused by Typhoon Ketsana]
  • [The Former Tuol Sleng prison chief] Kaing Gek Eav’s 001 Case Will End on 23 November 2009

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2063, 4-5.10.2009

  • The Number of People Confirmed with A/H1N1 in Cambodia Increased to 101
  • A Woman Was Detained for Gathering 27 Rural Girls for [three] Korean Single Men to Choose among Them to Become their Wives [Phnom Penh]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.10, #656, 5.10.2009

  • Nearly 10,000 Families in Tuol Sangkae District Asked [Prime Minister Hun Sen] to Help over the Pumping of Water by Boeng Kak Lake Development Company [Shukaku, that pumps from the Boeng Kak lake and releases it into their housing area], Flooding Their Houses

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #502, 4-6.10.2009

  • The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation President [Mr. Thach Ngok Thach] Supports America to Ask [President] Obama’s Administration to Continue to Restrict Yuon [Vietnam over religious and human rights restrictions - Recently US Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Michael Michalak, told the Human Rights Commission that the freedom of religion in Vietnam is between. An organization of the Tom Lantos Commission that had conducted observations directly claimed that there is no change. Vietnam had arrested religious leaders like protestant and catholic leaders. Also, the deputy director of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Mr. Michael Cromartie told a human rights committee of the US that the human rights violations in Vietnam do not change either, different from what the US Ambassador in Hanoi reported].

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6770, 5.10.2009

  • In July 2009, 108 People Were Killed in Traffic Accidents and 1,192 Vehicles Were Damaged [declining by 13% compared to the same period in 2008]
  • A Boat Sank in the Khmer Sea during Typhoon Ketsana, but It Was Found in Vietnam: Four People Had Died and One Survived [Sihanoukville]

Phnom Penh Post, Vol.1, #18, 5.10.2009

  • Boeng Kak Residents Filed a Complaint to the World Bank [they said that the land registration project of this bank did not help protect them from evictions - They said so because the World Bank did not protect them. They accused that World Bank missed to conduct sufficient checks on the implementation of the Land Management and Administration Program of the Government of US$38.4 million, resulting in reducing their gihtsrights to control their land and to protect them from evictions].
  • Cambodia Continues to Strengthen Troops and to Construct Roads at the Border [Preah Vihear]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5012, 5.10.2009

  • Child Mortality Rate in Cambodia Shows Declining Trends
  • Samdech Hun Sen Told the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Six Countries [Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam] that He Will Stand as a Prime Ministerial Candidate Again in 2013

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1800, 5.10.2009

  • This Year the Ministry of Education Recruits 5,000 Teachers, but It Should Not Forget to Ask the Government to Consider Increasing Teachers’ Salaries to Riel 1 Million [approx. US$250 per month] so that They Can Have a Proper Living Standard [there are more than 100,000 teachers countrywide]

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