Two Years in the Kingdom of Wonder- The Health Center

October 7, 2017

Hello All, and thanks for following me. This week I’m going to begin a series about daily life in Cambodia. So far my life in Cambodia surrounds my work at the health center. I live in a small village that is literally a cross road. There is a market and some shops but that is basically all there is to it. However, it sits on a major route between Phnom Penh and Takeo which goes on to Vietnam. When I say major route, I mean a 2-lane road that is paved. This is rural Cambodia. The health center is about 2 k from that intersection down a dirt road. These are the pictures of the health center. Although it is a small building, there is a pharmacy, consultation room, antenatal care room, delivery room and vaccination room. The clinic is staffed with nurses and midwives among others for support staff. We see patients in the front of the building. The separate building has cots in case a patient has to stay over-night or a mother who is expecting. There is no food service, running water or indoor bathroom at the center but family and friends make sure their loved ones are taken care of. This facility also has ambulance service which is not common among these rural health centers. This health center covers 22 villages, 10 of which are remote so we do smalls clinics by riding motos, which are small motorcycles, to some of these very rural villages. You may be wondering what there is to do around here when not at work. Check in next time and find out. hint- it’s a thousand years old. Until next time.

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