Cases of Diarrhea Increasing

The flooding that has plagued Cambodia in recent weeks is producing an increase in diarrhea cases among children, health experts say. 

Veng Thai, director of the Phnom Penh health department, said there are more diarrhea cases because it is more difficult for people to find clean drinking water and to make food that is safe to eat.

He urged parents to bring their children to the hospital as soon as they see any signs of illness.

“Children die every year because they didn’t come to the hospital in time,” Veng Thai said.

Sophea Navy took her 10-month-old daughter to a private clinic Thursday, a few days after she came down with a serious case of diarrhea.

“I don’t know what made her sick,” said Sophea Navy, who lives in the city’s Dangkao district. “I always boil the water my daughter uses.”

Twenty-five boxes containing diarrhea medicine and water purifying pills were donated to the National Committee for Disaster Management. The medicine will be distributed to the provinces.

Five boxes have been sent to Prey Veng province because of 150 children who have come down with diarrhea in Pea Reang district. The children became sick when they drank dirty water, said Peou Samy, secretary general of the National Committee for Disaster Management.

The remaining medicine will be sent to Stung Treng, Kratie, Kompong Thom, Kompong Chhnang, Kandal, Svay Rieng and Takeo, Peou Samy said. All of these provinces have reported illnesses due to dirty drinking water.

(Additional reporting by Saing Soenthrith)



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