Health Minister Called For Questioning

Health Minister Mam Bunheng has been called to appear before the National Assembly’s anticorruption commission, according to a copy of the summons issued by acting National Assembly President Kem Sokha obtained Sunday.

Mr. Bunheng will be required to appear for questioning before the commission on Friday, according to the March 30 summons.

The letter says the commission had heard complaints against the Health Ministry over issues including “the control of the price and quality of medicine” and “the swapping of some hospitals in Phnom Penh.”

It also says Mr. Bunheng would be questioned on the misuse of grant money from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Vann Narith, an opposition lawmaker on the commission, said that many more questions would await Mr. Bunheng.

“We also want to ask about the closure of illegal pharmacies—why were they allowed to open in the first place, and why were they shut down after the outbreak of HIV?” he said, referring to a recent outbreak of the virus in Battambang province’s Roka commune.

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