Understanding the severe impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on medical support for pediatric cancer patients, the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh has partnered with Thai companies operating in the Kingdom to donate to the Japan Heart Children’s Medical Center.
Travel restrictions implemented to contain the outbreak have affected Cambodians in critical need of specialized medical treatment, one of those groups being pediatric cancer patients.
Panyarak Poolthup, Thailand’s Ambassador to Cambodia, said the donation campaign was aimed at supporting patients in Cambodia who could previously travel to neighboring countries for treatment.
“With travel restrictions imposed by countries around the world to curb the spread of Covid-19, it has become difficult for Cambodians to access medical treatment abroad, including children with cancerous diseases potentially fatal.
“The Thai Embassy has facilitated and provided assistance to Cambodians seeking medical treatment in Thailand. So that’s what motivated us to organize this event – for the benefit of cancer patients receiving treatment from Japan Heart, ”he said.
Founded in 2004, Japan Heart is a non-profit, voluntary healthcare organization that operates the Japan Heart Children’s Medical Center, built within the grounds of the Ponhea Leu Referral Hospital in Kandal Province.
It has been providing free cancer treatment to pediatric patients in the Kingdom since 2018.
To date, Japan Heart Cambodia has accepted nearly 50,000 outpatients and performed some 5,000 operations on adults and children, including 126 cases of pediatric cancer.
Each year, Japan Heart treats more than 10 percent of the total estimated number of pediatric cancer patients in Cambodia. Its children’s medical center in Ponhea Leu specializes in the treatment of abdominal cancer.
“We decided to collaborate with the Japan Heart Children’s Medical Center, as they provide free specialized care to Cambodian children.
“And while Japan Heart regularly receives support from Japanese donors and corporate sponsors, the center needs additional sources of financial assistance to enable it to maintain and maintain its quality treatment services.
“Thai businesses in Cambodia attach great importance to corporate social responsibility, so we invited them to join us for this event.
“Previous independent and collective initiatives have included offering scholarships to Cambodian students, campaigning for blood donation to save lives, and contributing cash and in-kind to disaster relief efforts, not to mention. name just a few, ”Panyarak said.
Donations to Japan Heart have been made both in cash and in kind, with some of the major donors including Royal Hospital Phnom Penh, SCG Cambodia, Cambodia Air Traffic Services Co, Ltd, Smilephan Co, Ltd (Pop Popular ) and Export-Import Bank of Thailand.
PTT (Cambodia) Limited, Da Houg Heng Enterprise Ltd, I-TIC (Cambodia) Co, Ltd, TNP Health Care Co, Ltd, Betagro (Cambodia) Co Ltd, Phnom Penh Hotel, Krung Thai Bank Pcl (Phnom Penh Branch), Modern Plastic & Packaging (Cambodia) Co, Ltd, Mong Khun Group Co, Ltd and Home Access also generously contributed.
The Royal Thai Embassy, meanwhile, donated 10 much-needed hospital beds to the Japan Heart Children’s Medical Center in March.
A total of $ 11,200 was raised in cash and an additional $ 10,000 was received in kind during the campaign.
Donations and contributions collected during this event will mainly be used to fund free treatments for pediatric cancer patients, as well as other related expenses.
Panyarak sees this initiative as an attempt to support each other in times of need.
“We know how difficult it can be for Cambodians during the pandemic, especially if your child or a family member is in need of urgent or complicated medical treatment.
“This event is different because it is not about the participation of any particular company but collectively the Thai private sector as a whole. But above all, he is one of Cambodia’s closest friends who goes out of his way to help and support the nation’s underprivileged in times of need.
“And in doing so, we hope that this small event will be the catalyst for other sectors to help support the Japan Heart Children’s Medical Center, other hospitals and even other groups of vulnerable people in Cambodia,” he said. he declares.