WHO: Cambodia attains significant achievements in health care in past decades

Saturday, 08/04/2023 10:15
Cambodia has made a number of great achievements in the development of the health sector in the past decades, said a joint statement released by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7 on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of WHO.
 WHO: Cambodia attains significant achievements in health care in past decades (Photo:who.int)

According to the statement, Cambodia's significant health outcomes in the past decades have bettered many people's lives.

Life expectancy has risen dramatically in Cambodia, reaching 76 years old as of 2022, the statement said, adding that 99% of women now give birth with a skilled health provider, an increase from just over one in three women in 2000.

The statement said neonatal and under-five mortality rates have rapidly declined over the past two decades, from 37 to 8 and 124 to 16 per 1,000 live births, respectively.

The country eradicated polio in 1997 and has achieved significant progress in preventing, controlling and eliminating other communicable diseases, it said, adding that the number of reported falciparum malaria cases is at its lowest ever, and it has been five years since malaria mortality was last recorded in 2018.

The rates of tuberculosis incidence and mortality have decreased by around 50% from 2000 to 2021, and Cambodia achieved the reduction of global AIDS targets ahead of schedule.

Cambodia effectively prepared for and responded to health security threats and emergencies, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, through the strengthening of its surveillance and response systems, laboratory capacity, and public health and social measures.

The kingdom achieved high COVID-19 vaccination coverage while maintaining essential health services and delivering effective mental health and psychosocial support during this peak time of stress and crisis, the statement said./.

CPV (Source: VNA)