When Cambodians need good treatment, where do they go? For the middle class Khmers, they travel to Vietnam or Thailand. For the Khmer riches or elite, they fly to Singapore. “220,000 Cambodians go abroad every year to receive medical treatment; and the country has only 1.7 doctors and seven beds per 10,000 residents, compared to Japan’s 23 doctors and 137 beds,” according to Sunrise Japan Hospital.
The $35 million Sunrise Japan Hospital wants to change that for good. Backed by Kitahara International Hospital group, the Japanese-run hospital will open its door on October 17, 2016. The high standard hospital will serve both locals and expats. “Common sickness and injuries, emergency response and healthcare management (complete medical checkup) that were previously insufficient will be covered so that we can take a part of the Cambodian medical infrastructure and help the people living a healthy lifestyle,” wrote the Sunrise Japan Hospital Phnom Penh’s CEO Toshiaki Fukuda.
The Sunrise Japan Hospital Phnom Penh has a 52-bed health service with more than 100 members of staff, of which 30 percent are Japanese. The hospital operation is being run by team of Japanese doctors, nurses and relating medical professionals, who also provide training and working with well-experienced Cambodian medical staff members. The hospital has 13 departments, including emergency, trauma, infectons, general internal medicine, general surgery, gastrointinal medicine, cardiology, remote consultation, neurosurgery, neuroendovascualar, neurology, rehabilitation, and health checkup. “The hospital will offer emergency medical treatment for brain and heart disorders, injuries from traffic accidents and medical checkups, and will continue working toward the establishment of general hospital services, including obstetrics, pediatrics and rehabilitation and their associated information technology and education systems,” Shigemi Kitahara, the founder and adviser to Sunrise Japan Hospital, told Japan Times.
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