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Medical Clinic’s Closed

For obvious reasons CHOICE no  longer accept medical helpers or run a clinic . We take poor children and adults to licensed clinics and Hospitals when they are sick.

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 Thursday, 28 May 2015; News by Khmer Times/Ban Sokrith and Phun Chan Ousaphea

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Three unlicensed medical clinics operated by Chinese nationals have been closed by authorities in Battambang’s Phnom Proek and Sampov Loun districts.

The crackdown on unlicensed premises comes after Battambang province’s HIV outbreak five months ago. Over 250 residents in the province’s Roka commune tested positive for the AIDS-causing virus.

About 2,000 people were tested for the virus after an unlicensed doctor was found to have reused syringes to give hundreds of injections.

On Wednesday, provincial authorities arrested four Chinese nationals and closed down the three clinics in Bour commune, Phnom Proek district.

Keo Sokyan, 63, from Kampong Thom province and Vann Sengheang, 32, from Kampong Speu province, were arrested when police raided their clinic, a branch of the “Cambodia Virtue Medical Association”.

Both men hold Chinese and Cambodian dual citizenship.

During the crackdown, police confiscated 40 kinds of pills, three types of needles, medical serums, medical treatment machines and other clinical equipment.

Two other clinics in the district were also shut down and two other Chinese nationals, Guo Liuana, 52, and Ma Phy, 48, taken in for questioning.

“According to an expert official, this medical service was being run without a license from the Ministry of Health,” said Sa­reth Viseth, the district deputy police chief. “Prosecutors decided to close the clinic temporarily.”

Homeless and Handicapped

On the 15th Dec 2009 CHOICE was told about a homeless, deaf, pregnant girl and maybe HIV+ in Phnom Penh. We located the girl about a week before Xmas, and with her permission we had a blood test done which confirmed she was HIV+. She could neither read nor write, it was difficult for us to communicate. CHOICE supplied her with some clothes and food and small money.

We contacted Charles from DDP (Deaf Development Programme) with his help we determined that the girl was 25, and abandoned by the father of the baby, a foreigner, when he found out the girl was pregnant. She did not want to keep her baby. The staff from DDP were excellent and they intend to educate her with job skills as well as teach her proper sign language DDP engaged the help of a related Maryknoll Group PMTCT (Preventing Mother To Child Transmission).

They provided medical help for the girl as well as an Ultra-sound and would help the baby after birth as well. LIA Orphanage offered to take the baby if need be. Unexpectedly we found out that a 2.5kg baby girl was born on Monday 11th Jan. by cesarean, and the Mother has changed her mind now and will keep the lovely baby girl, as well the grandparents have come forward and with a combined effort we are all trying to help out. Now we are waiting to see if the medicine has prevented the baby from contracting the HIV and of course the baby is not being breast fed.

We will keep you up to date on this story. Update, unfortunately we have lost contact with the family, they are not using the same phone number, we can only hope that all is well.

The baby  pictured here is just 4 days old.