Phnom Penh hospital announces drop in infant mortality rate

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) – The Kantha Bopha Hospitals founded by Swiss paediatrician Dr Beat Richner, who passed away last year aged 71, has reported a drop in the infant mortality rate last year.

“The mortality rate among hospitalised children was 0.23 per cent, while in 2017, the mortality rate among hospitalised children was 0.25 per cent,” said a report issued by Kantha Bopha Hospitals on Monday and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

The Kantha Bopha report stated that 961,256 sick children received outpatient care, while 161,426 seriously sick children and 14,615 suffering severely from dengue haemorrhagic fever had to be hospitalised.

Siem Reap provincial Health Department Director Kros Sarath praised the Maternity of Jayavarman VII (Kantha Bopha Hospital III) and the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh for helping many thousands of Cambodians, especially in their treatment of children and pregnant woman.

“It is very good that Cambodian people can receive free treatment. It was a huge sacrifice by the hospital’s founder [Richner] because operating a free hospital required the sacrifice of money, time, energy and his personal life,” he said.

The report said 154,816 pregnant women were examined and treated as outpatients, while 27,309 babies were delivered in the Maternity of Jayavarman VII (Kantha Bopha Hospital III).

The report said Kantha Bopha Hospitals wished to thank its 2,500 Cambodian employees.

Doctors treat an emergency case at the main Kantha Bopha hospital in Phnom Penh. – THE PHNOM PENH POST/ANN