9 September 2013

Preah Kossamak Hospital





This letter was sent from Preah Kossamak Hospital, Phnom Penh to Belgium by Dr Cheam Saem in 1993.
Director of the Provincial Health Department, Kratie Province. - See more at: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/asia/cambodia-changing-climate-leads-to-increase-in-malaria-and-other-diseases/#sthash.ACYy8pdK.dpuf
Director of the Provincial Health Department, Kratie Province. - See more at: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/asia/cambodia-changing-climate-leads-to-increase-in-malaria-and-other-diseases/#sthash.ACYy8pdK.dpuf
Director of the Provincial Health Department, Kratie Province. - See more at: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/asia/cambodia-changing-climate-leads-to-increase-in-malaria-and-other-diseases/#sthash.ACYy8pdK.dpuf
Director of the Provincial Health Department, Kratie Province. - See more at: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/asia/cambodia-changing-climate-leads-to-increase-in-malaria-and-other-diseases/#sthash.ACYy8pdK.dpuf
Director of the Provincial Health Department, Kratie Province. - See more at: http://www.oxfamblogs.org/asia/cambodia-changing-climate-leads-to-increase-in-malaria-and-other-diseases/#sthash.ACYy8pdK.dp

Preah Kossamak Hospital (l'hôpital Preah Kossamak) is a public hospital located at Street #271 of Toul Kork District, close to the Royal University of Phnom Penh campus.

Although it is said that the hospital was established by HM Queen Kossamak Neatirath, there is no solid evidence of it.

Built by the Societé d'Assistance Médicale aux Religieux Bouddhique in 1956 at the cost of 12 million riels, the hospital was initially the Cambodia Hospital for Monks, a separated hospital for Buddhist monks, according to the journal Kambuja Suriya.

In 1950s, Cambodia was keen to demonstrate social modernization and rapid national development after independence from France.  The brand new hospital was used as a new era visual sign that the Buddhist teaching of "dharma" was filled in the generous heart of Cambodia under the leadership of then HRH Prince Sihanouk.  

In addition it was felt that under the monastic behavioral rules called "pratimoksa", monks receiving medical care in hospitals for general public was inappropriate.  If monks had their own hospital, they could maintain religious routine and discipline during hospitalization.   The hospital had a special chapel (preah vihear) for monks so they could simply stay in the hospital as if they were in a temple (wat).

During the Pol Pot years, the hospital was closed, monks were killed.  After order was restored in Phnom Penh in 1979, the hospital became one of the few which first resumed services, and it is never again a monk hospital.

Currently Preah Kossamak Hospital is one of the major hospitals in Phnom Penh with around 400 staffs working in 4 buildings which offer a total of 250 beds.  More than 50,000 patients are serviced every year.

Preah Kossamak Hospital
(courtesy: photo by General Electric Company)





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