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Two Months Prison for Driver Who Killed Three

The Appeal Court has reduced the already shortened sentence of the 31-year-old son of a high-ranking official who killed three women in a car accident, ordering him to serve just two months in prison, a court official said Tuesday. Bun Rattanak, the son of municipal finance ...

Aun Pheap

Chinese hospital ship arrives in Cambodia for goodwill visit

Chinese hospital ship “Peace Ark” arrived at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Tuesday as part of its overseas voyage to further enhance China- Cambodia ties and to provide medical services to local residents. The ship’s visit was to provide medical service to local people and ...

CCTV News Staff

Ads warn of H5N1 risk

Amid concerns the Pchum Ben holiday will lead to a spike in bird flu cases, health officials have begun to roll out a widespread education campaign aimed at stanching the spread of H5N1. The highly fatal flu has seen 20 cases and 11 deaths this ...

Amelia Woodside and Sen David

Evening the odds with Mother Nature

About 20 people grinned for the camera as they posed in front of a flagpole-like structure located just off a muddy dirt road in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district on Thursday morning. While a rather unimpressive visual, the agrometerological station is a first-of-its-kind device in ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Sean Teehan

Slums in capital decried

Unicef during a discussion yesterday pressured the Phnom Penh Municipality to develop a plan to eradicate slums in the capital, but government officials offered no quick fixes. According to the municipality, there are 281 slum communities in the capital, which 2,033 families call home. Earlier this month, ...

Sen David

HIV battle still flares

Despite massive reductions in HIV infection rates over the past two decades, HIV-positive Cambodians continue to face a wide array of non-medical challenges, a report released yesterday says. Written by NGOs, aid agencies and the government, the report says that vulnerable groups, including those who are ...

Amelia Woodside

Cambodia records 25,050 malaria cases in 8 months, killing 6 people

Cambodia reported 25,050 malaria cases in the first eight months of this year, down 49 percent from the 48,810 cases over the same period last year, figures from the National Center for Malaria showed Thursday. During the January-August period this year, the disease has killed six ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Two more H5N1 cases confirmed

A 5-year-old girl from Takeo province and a 2-year-old girl from Kampot province – who has already died – mark the 19th and 20th confirmed cases of avian influenza this year, a hospital spokesman said. The Ministry of Health is expected to issue a statement ...

Amelia Woodside

Innovative Cambodia method could curb TB cases

A fast-track approach in identifying patients with tuberculosis (TB) may help tackle the spread of the disease in the city. Currently, the WHO-approved model is practiced in Cambodia to reduce the burden of TB. “The idea is to identify patients who come into hospital with ...

Jyoti Shelar

Battling dengue on a shoestring

The man leading Cambodia’s seemingly Sisyphean attempt to combat dengue fever can be found most days in a weakly lit office inside the Communicable Disease Control Department, which is stacked wall to wall with drooping folders and medical texts. For more than 10 years, the soft-spoken ...

Amelia Woodside and Mom Kunthear

Over 2,000 Cattle Infected With Foot-and-Mouth

More than 2,000 cattle in Svay Rieng province are infected with the potentially fatal foot-and-mouth disease, officials said yesterday. Pen Chhanthy, chief of the provincial animal health and production office, said that cattle in six districts of Svay Rieng had returned positive tests for the ...

Ben Sokhean, P.18

ECDC reports increase in paratyphoid A fever from travelers in Cambodia

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced on Thursday that there has been a strange increase in the number of cases of paratyphoid A fever from travelers returning from Cambodia. Since March 2013, there have been 34 cases of paratyphoid A fever reported from ...

Ryan Parrish

Young child makes bird flu recovery

A 15-month-old toddler who represented the 18th confirmed case of avian influenza in Cambodia this year has recovered and was released from Kantha Bopha hospital on Friday. The little boy from Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district developed a fever on August 16, and was transferred a ...

Amelia Woodside

Fresh Faces on CPP’s Shortened List of Lawmakers

When the ruling CPP takes its seats in the new National Assembly, its members of Parliament will include a few new faces, and significantly less old ones, according to ratified election results announced by the National Election Committee (NEC) on Sunday. The CPP’s poor showing in ...

Phorn Bopha

Malnutrition central to health gap: NGO

The gap between Cambodia’s health rich and health poor is “devastating”, according to a report by World Vision issued yesterday. Cambodia is ranked 124 out of 176 countries on the global index based on four indicators used to measure the gap in each listed country: life ...

Amelia Woodside

Cambodia reports 18th human case of bird flu this year

A 15-month-old boy in the capital’s Russei Keo district has been diagnosed with H5N1 virus, bringing the number of the cases to 18 so far this year, a joint statement by the World Health Organization and Cambodian Health Ministry said Wednesday. The latest death case ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Phnom Penh Fares Poorly in Livability Index

Phnom Penh is one of the least-livable cities in the world, but has also seen relatively strong improvement in quality of life over the past five years, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Livability Ranking released this month has found. The analysis of 140 cities, which ...

David Kaner

Blood Stocks Drop to Critically Low Level

Stocks at the National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC) are critically low and hundreds of units short of meeting demand, leading management at the center to publicly appeal for people to come forward and help restore the depleted reserves. Dr. Hok Kim Cheng, the NBTC’s director, said ...

Phorn Bopha

Groups seek UN help on health rights issues

Legalisation of same-sex marriage, comprehensive sex education and non-discriminatory guidelines for health workers treating LGBT people and those living with HIV/AIDS are among a handful of ways to bolster human rights in Cambodia, according to a submission delivered to the United Nations ahead of the ...

Malaria deaths dip in first half

A new report from Cam­bodia’s centre for malaria control shows fatalities from the disease have dropped 85 per cent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year. The total number of malaria cases reduced by 52 per cent during that period, ...

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