Phnom Penh (FN), Jun. 21 – The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirmed its position to further strengthen and broaden cooperation in the health sector with the Royal Government of Cambodia, aiming to improve the kingdom's health sector.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet received a courtesy call by Saia Mau Piukala, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director, on Thursday (Jun. 20) at the Peace Palace.

Taking this occasion, Saia Mau Piukala praised the significant achievements in improving the health sector in Cambodia. He visited Calmette Hospital and Chaktomuk Referral Hospital, where he observed considerable progress in the kingdom's health sector. He stated that these achievements did not happen by chance but are a result of the efforts under the wise and visionary leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia over several terms, as well as in the seventh legislature of the National Assembly.

WHO regional director underlined, "WHO is ready to share its expertise and cooperation with the Royal Government to improve Cambodia's health sector, especially the prevention of communicable diseases that may occur in the future."

Regarding health sector in the region, the WHO regional director noted that the joint efforts of local leaders will help prevent potential diseases, enabling the 1.9 billion people in the Western Pacific region to access quality and affordable health service. WHO will offer physical, financial and technical assistance to ensure better health for all citizens.

For his part, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet welcomed Saia Mau Piukala, and praised the excellent relationship and cooperation between WHO and the Royal Government. Samdech Thipadei hoped that this cooperation would contribute to building a resilient health system in Cambodia that would provide affordable and high quality health services.

In addition, Premier Hun Manet mentioned that the Royal Government prioritizes the development of human capital, and the health sector is a key priority, especially to ensure that people are mentally healthy and have access to better education.

The premier also highlighted that the Royal Government is improving the health system by enhancing national and sub-national hospitals and health centers and constructing regional hospitals, starting with regional hospitals in Siem Reap and Kampong Cham provinces.

The premier stressed that in line with the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase 1, the Royal Government has been focusing on expanding healthcare delivery towards Universal Health Coverage, which includes broadening the coverage of the social healthcare system and strengthening primary care capacity in health centers and district referral hospitals, along with improving the quality of health care services. In fact, the Royal Government has announced the implementation of the "Roadmap for Global Health Coverage in Cambodia 2024-2035."

Lastly, Samdech Thipadei reiterated his gratitude for the strong and active cooperation of the WHO with the Royal Government in all circumstances, including during the fight against COVID19.