In 2010, the first part of the medical post in the commune of Khnar Po was completed in collaboration with the locals and a local architect. A new well was also made for drinking water.
The Medical Post Knar Pho
The purpose of this medical post was to provide first aid, to perform treatments for mild conditions and to ensure that births can take place safely. The medical staff consisted of a head nurse, one nurse and a midwife, none of whom had much education. A cleaning lady took care of a hygienic building.
Thanks to sponsors, Cambodia-Dutch was able to provide staff salaries and limited medical resources. Via the containers of relief supplies that we sent at the time, missing medical materials, such as a height-adjustable examination table and beds and furniture, could also be sent.
The electricity from the medical post is partly supplied by solar energy. The medical post was soon visited daily by many patients from the (sometimes distant) area.
The people were very enthusiastic about our spectacle days, where expert volunteers looked for a suitable pair of glasses from the ones that had been sent. These were tested with professional equipment under the guidance of various eye doctors.
In mid-2012 we received official recognition (a higher status) as Health Care and support from the Damdek health center, with the intention that they would take care of supplying the medicines.
A very welcome addition was the purchase of an ambulance tuktuk, which ensured that patients no longer had to be transported by moped to the hospital in Siem Reap.
At the beginning of 2013, thanks to great donations, we were able to expand our Health Care with a new building: three rooms for mother and child care, blood tests and for testing AIDS and diabetes. In recent years, also from the government, special attention has been paid to educating people in our medical post. The employees also carry out the national vaccination program.
The staff of 2018 consists of two medical officers, three midwives (two of them with training), one nurse and a cleaning lady.
We would like to collaborate with Prof. Keuky’s Cambodia Diabetics Association, but there is still insufficient budget to realize this.
After research, the water appeared to contain toxic substances from the soil at the medical post. This made it necessary for a new pump and a water treatment plant to be installed at a different location. This was achieved in 2017.