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Tuesday, 13.3.2007: Health 2007: US$5.70 Is Spent For Each Person Out Of The National Budget

Posted on 14 March 2007. Filed under: Week 499 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 499

“Phnom Penh: Nine priorities and recommendations were laid out for the sector of health in 2007, as an average of US$5.70 is spent for each person out of the national budget each year.

“According to a report re-considering goals in the health sector for 2007, the percentage of the national budget that is allocated for the sector of health in 2007, as compared to the GDP, is 1.08%, while the target figure is 1.26%. The proportion of the national budget for the sector of health, compared to the national budget, is 6.64% of a total of the national budget, while the target is 10%.

“A document shows that the estimated budget for the total expenditure for 2006 was Riel 261,741 million [approx. US$68 million], equal to 94.8% of the modified plan in the same year, and the national budget for each person in 2006 was US$4.64, but this report said that the expense of the national budget in 2006 was closer to the target than the one in 2005.

“Dr. Sok Kanha, the Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Health Information, said that the amount of the national budget for the sector of health for 2007 increases over the figures for 2006, which made the national budget for each person increase to more than US$5, excluding the budget in the equity fund program, the community health insurance program, the special financing program, and others. She added, according to a national survey held for the second time in 2005, that each Cambodian citizen spends US$15 on average per year for their health services, and 90% is spent on private services.

“She added that Cambodian citizens, especially the poor citizens, like to go and seek public health services more than the private services where many wealthy persons like to go, because the poor people receive equity fund services which the government pays for them, a program initiated by partners in development.

“Dr. Nuth Sokhom, the Minister of Health, said that for the year 2007, the national budget for each citizen is approximately US$5.70, while neighboring countries’ national budgets for each person is $12 per year. He added that ‘we can not define the target as to how much the national budget for each person is, but it depends on the dimension of the budget that the government provides.’

“The Minister added, ‘As the Minister of Health, I am optimistic, because the government and the National Assembly approved the national budget for this ministry, as this budget increases every year.’ He added that the amount of the budget, which increased as a priority for the ministry, would be used to expand the access to health services for the people through referral hospitals and health centers, and to give priority to reduce the mortality rate of mothers and babies, which is still unsatisfactorily high.

“Based on a report re-considering health sector goals for the year 2007, priority ecommendations for 2007-2008 define nine priority areas.

  1. Continue to encourage health centers to provide full health services.
  2. Encourage and support the provision of budgetary support to health centers, in order to provide local services in a coveragearea of less than 10 kilometers.
  3. Increase the number of mid-wives and officials who are skilled in mid-wifery and reproductive health at the health centers that are in need, especially in remote areas.
  4. Promote reproductive health and birth-spacing programs on a large scale to the people, especially the people in remote areas.
  5. Strengthen the implementation of tuberculosis treatment through ‘Directly Observed Therapy’ strategy in all health centers.
  6. Continue to expand centers for consulting and volunteer blood testing, and expand the services to AIDS/HIV patients by using Antiretroviral Therapy.
  7. Expand centers for training.
  8. Continue to expand activities of treating mosquito nets chemically [with a mosquito repellent] and to provide treated mosquito nets to people in villages where there is malaria infection, and
  9. continue to expand the coverage of de-worming children, aged 12 month to 59 months, through local health services.”

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4234, 13.3.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2659, 13.3.2007

  • The Municipality Strictly Prohibits Military Police From Extorting Money From Motorists Who Do Not Have License Plates Or Rear View Mirrors [they should only check for weapons if they are only entitled to check for weapons]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #5989, 13.3.2007

  • Today [13 March 2007] The Court Holds Hearing For The Prince [Norodom Ranariddh; Chakrapong refused staying out of politics, saying that the trial against Ranariddh is political]
  • Company Managers [Yuan Fang Group] Who Falsified Letter Of Permission Which Cost Thai Baht 40 Million [US$1,25 million], Were Arrested [after cheating money from Buntha Mony company]
  • Cambodian People’s Party Shows Options For Voters [Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation said when meeting with teachers in Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3108, 13.3.2007

  • If The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Is Still In Deadlock, The UN Should Withdraw Themselves [diplomats said]
  • Prince Chakrapong [said in a press conference]: Hun Sen Is Creating Problems For Krom Preah To Divert The Public Attention Away From The Khmer Rouge Tribunal And From Land Disputes

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4234, 13.3.2007

  • Krom Preah Said: “I Will Not Appeal Against The Court Decision” [the Phnom Penh Municipal Court opens hearing on 13 March to consider a case of breach of trust]
  • A Number Of Officials In Stung Hav District, Sihanoukville, Were Accused Of Supporting The Anarchic Land Grabbing By The Attwood Company
  • Vietnamese Ambassador Met Minister Of Water Resources And Meteorology [discussions were about the importance of the Mekong River and the joint use of water along the borders of the two countries]
  • Court Gives Justice To Those Who Were Sent To Jail By Heng Pov [the former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief; the victims had been in prison more than 7 months; Heng Pov is serving his more-than 18 years in the same prison now]
  • 1,573 Garment Workers In Dangkor District Proclaimed To Be Members Of Cambodian People’s Party [workers from 40 factories, through five unions, joined this party and were greeted by the Phnom Penh city governor on 11 March]
  • Health 2007: US$5.70 Is Spent For Each Person Out Of The National Budget
  • More Than 20,000 Pornographic And Property-Rights Violating CDs And DVDs Were Destroyed [in Kampot by the Department of Culture And Fine Arts]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #2989, 13.3.2007

  • Va Kim Hong [National Committee for Land Border Disputes] Reacts Lightly Over The Case That Siamese [Thai] Soldiers Created Trenches And Installed Big Guns Along The Border

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, 351, 13.3.2007

  • Mu Sochua: Is There A Culture Of Democracy [she asked in an election candidates training, held at Le Royal Hotel, with participation from the Cambodian People’s Party, the Sam Rainsy Party, Funcinpec, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party; the training was organized by the US based National Democratic Institute]

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