Unlicensed Doctor Charged After Patient Dies

The Pursat Provincial Court on Wednesday charged an unlicensed doctor with unintentional murder after he administered an injection that led to a woman’s death, a court official said Thursday.

Chhuon Sarom, 61, was arrested on Tuesday after Bun Lon, 49, died due to an injection she received from the unlicensed physician at her house in Phnom Kravanh district, said provincial prosecutor Tan Seihak Dechak.

“The court decided to detain Chhuon Sarom on the charge of intentional murder [Wednesday] after he injected the victim with serum and caused her to die,” Mr. Seihak Dechak said.

District police chief Vong Saveth said the victim’s husband sought Mr. Sarom’s help because she was suffering from diarrhea.

The case comes after Sok Srun, director of the Health Ministry’s hospital department, claimed in June that 3,000 unlicensed clinics had been shut down nationwide following an HIV outbreak in Battambang province’s Roka commune late last year.

Officials said the spread of the virus could be traced back to Yem Chrin, an unlicensed doctor who admitted to regularly reusing syringes.

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