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Public health

Priority health concerns

More than 60 children poisoned

Health officials have urged people to take care when buying food beyond its use-by date or suspected to be chemically contaminated after more than 60 students in Takeo province became ill from eating noodles. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35872/more-than-60-children-poisoned/

Kids’ supplement results mixed

The Cambodian government and UNICEF yesterday released results of a clinical trial on new locally produced food supplements to tackle the country’s persistently dismal malnutrition figures, with at least one of the two products proving effective. ...

 

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kids-supplement-results-mixed

Bird flu outbreak halted

Health officials in Svay Rieng province, which was hit by an outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) early this month, said the virus has been stopped and there was no sign of a continuing outbreak. ...

 

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Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35658/bird-flu-outbreak-halted/

First lady: improve child healthcare

Cambodia’s first lady appealed to civil servants and health workers to improve efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths in conjunction with the National Day on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health today. ...

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Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35662/first-lady--improve-child-healthcare/

Newborn care still a concern

Although infant mortality rates have dropped dramatically over the past 15 years, a new report in the journal Healthcare has identified significant shortcomings in newborn care in Cambodia. ...

 

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/newborn-care-still-concern

Mobile phones could be anti-HIV tool: study

Mobile phone technology could be an effective means to promote improved health practices among Cambodia’s female entertainment workers and help curb the spread of HIV, according to a new study conducted by the organisation KHANA and the Center for Global Health Research at Touro University in California. ...

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mobile-phones-could-be-anti-hiv-tool-study

Wives bearing brunt of HIV

A toxic culture of masculinity in Cambodia is contributing to the spread of HIV from husbands to wives, according to a study in the American Journal of Men’s Health. ...

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wives-bearing-brunt-hiv

Hundreds of poultry culled in Svay Rieng after bird flu outbreak

Hundreds of chickens and ducks infected with H5N1 bird flu have been culled in Svay Reing province after an outbreak of the virus last week, the first reported cases since November 2015. ...

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Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hundreds-of-poultry-culled-in-svay-rieng-after-bird-flu-outbreak-124457/

NGO forgoes US funding to continue contraceptive services

Marie Stopes International Cambodia said yesterday it will look to strengthening partnerships instead of accepting US federal funds after it forfeited its rights to USAID funding in order to continue providing legal abortion services.

This was in response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order issued on Monday which bars federal funding for overseas groups that provide access to or counseling about abortions. ...

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Mayuri Mei Lin
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34754/ngo-forgoes-us-funding-to-continue-contraceptive-services/

Government warns of bird flu

The Ministry of Health has called on all travelers to beware of a new strain of bird flu that is now spreading in South Korea and Japan. In a notice released yesterday, the Health Ministry said the discovery of H5N6, a new strain of the bird flu, led to the slaughter of nearly 20 million birds in South Korea and Japan. ...

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Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33918/government-warns-of-bird-flu/

Cambodia at ‘high’ risk of Zika outbreak in 2017

Amid reports of the emergence of the Zika virus in Myanmar and the discovery of the first birth defect believed linked to the virus in Vietnam, two researchers with Phnom Penh’s Pasteur Institute have concluded that Cambodia is at high risk of its own Zika outbreak in 2017. ...

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-high-risk-zika-outbreak-2017

Deadly rabies virus gets overdue attention

It kills more Cambodians every year than malaria. More than dengue fever. It’s 100 percent preventable, but very little has been done to eradicate it. This year, Cambodia is finally taking on rabies—a killer virus most often transmitted to people through the saliva of biting dogs. A pilot program, in an effort to vaccinate the country’s 5 million dogs for rabies and reduce the estimated 800 annual rabies deaths, was launched on Monday with small-scale field work in Phnom Penh and Kandal province. ...

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Chhorn Phearun and Michael Dickison
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/deadly-rabies-virus-gets-overdue-attention-119414/

Minister puts neo-natal intensive care on agenda

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng has issued a directive for all private maternity clinics and hospitals to establish neo-natal intensive care units – which treat seriously ill newborns and premature infants – in order to further reduce maternal and child deaths in the Kingdom.​ ...

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Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-puts-neo-natal-intensive-care-agenda

PM calls for increased vigilance for Zika virus

Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaking at the inauguration of a hospital in Phnom Penh yesterday, called on the Ministry of Health, the public and those who have recently travelled abroad to take precautionary measures to prevent Zika from reaching the Kingdom. ...

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Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-calls-increased-vigilance-zika-virus

Linking villagers to health services

On the day 55-year-old Leangkim Theng was selected as a village health volunteer, she was not sure she could do it. The work required her to educate women on maternal and newborn health in Serei Sokha village of Kratie province. While she did not feel she had enough knowledge, she accepted the role and now, 20 years later, she is still in the job. “What keeps me going is to help mothers to give birth safely with healthy children,” she said. Mrs. Theng receives training from health officers at the Kantuot health center and Kratie provincial health department. She is part of a Unicef-supported initiative to encourage safe practices and prevention of maternal and neonatal tetanus. ...

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Khmer Time Team
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29910/linking-villagers-to-health-services/

Japan boosts primary healthcare

The government of Japan has agreed to provide a $134,526 grant to PH-Japan (PHJ) – a Japanese NGO working to improve Cambodia’s healthcare system – the embassy announced yesterday. According to an embassy press release, PHJ will use the money in Kampong Cham province, focusing on improving the human resources and management of the Steung Trang district health center. ...

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Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29496/japan-boosts-primary-healthcare/

Zika leaflets to be distributed

The Health Ministry has ordered all provincial health departments to print leaflets about the Zika virus to distribute them throughout the Kingdom. According to a Facebook post on Monday by the Health Ministry’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Department, Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said: “All people need to understand about the Zika virus."...

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Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29437/zika-leaflets-to-be-distributed/

Health Ministry taking measures to counter Zika

The Ministry of Health is taking precautionary measures to prevent the transmission of Zika and is asking the public to do the same, as the virus has emerged in other Southeast Asian countries and could make a comeback in the Kingdom. ...

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/health-ministry-taking-measures-counter-zika

Ministry urges caution, calm over Zika

After reports of 24 more cases of the Zika virus in Singapore, bringing the total to 115 so far, the Ministry of Health has warned Cambodians traveling outside the country – especially pregnant women – to take extra safety precautions and avoid being bitten by mosquitos. While regional strains of the virus have long been endemic to Southeast Asia and are not linked to the birth defects being reported in South America, the ministry advised that anyone suffering from symptoms – which are similar to dengue, including fever and rashes – should get a blood test. ...

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Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29215/ministry-urges--caution--calm-over-zika/

Livelihoods ‘key’ in HIV fight

The research branch of the NGO Khana has argued in a new peer-reviewed study that livelihood programs for people living with HIV – which address recipients’ economic rather than medical needs – could be the key to significant improvements in quality of life for the estimated 74,000 Cambodians living with the disease. ...

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/livelihoods-key-hiv-fight

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