Training through hospital partnership equips
healthcare workers with skills in trauma care
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (centre) and his wife Mary are given a
demonstration of a medical technique during a hospital
visit in Phnom Penh.
At left is Singapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESS PHOTO AGENCY
The Straits Times (11 January 2017) - Cambodia’s biggest public hospital
has a strong Singapore connection.
Since 2014, Calmette Hospital in
Phnom Penh has worked with Tan
Tock Seng Hospital to train Cambodian
doctors and nurses in trauma
care and resuscitation.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam
yesterday had a glimpse of the fruits
of this partnership on the third day
of his state visit to Cambodia.
He observed a handover ceremony
at Calmette Hospital to commemorate
the successful completion
of the programme, which has
equipped 216 Cambodian healthcare
workers with the skills to care
for severely injured patients.
A plaque was presented to the
hospital and a book chronicling the
ties between both hospitals was
Dr Tan was also given a demonstration
of some techniques learnt.
The skills and know-how Cambodian
doctors and nurses have
gleaned from the programme have
made the difference between life
and death for some patients, said
Dr Chua Wei Chong, consultant
trauma surgeon at Tan Tock Seng
Among the game-changers was
the introduction of an ultrasound
technique to help detect bleeding
in the abdomen.
At the start, courses were conducted
by doctors from Tan Tock
Seng Hospital, but over the last
year, senior specialists in Calmette
Hospital have started teaching
alongside the Singapore faculty.
The hospital will now conduct
basic and intermediate training
Dr Chua said he hopes Calmette
Hospital will become Cambodia’s
national trauma training centre.
Calmette Hospital’s director of
trauma Sok Buntha said: “I strongly
believe that (the) programme will
have a long-term impact on trauma
care in Cambodia, especially because
trauma is a very common occurrence,
arising from road traffic
accidents, industrial accidents and
other related causes.”
The programme was funded by
Temasek Foundation International,
with a grant of $290,630, and
co-funded by Tan Tock Seng Hospital and
On Monday, the two hospitals
signed a new agreement that renews
and expands their partnership
to new areas of collaboration,
including intensive care medicine.
After his visit to the hospital, Dr
Tan headed to Siem Reap.
There, he took in the sights at Angkor
Wat, a sprawling temple complex,
and the Bayon temple, famous
for the faces carved into its stone
He was also hosted to dinner by
the governor of Siem Reap province,
Mr Khim Bun Song.
Today, he sets off for Vientiane,
starting his state visit to
He will be there until Jan 14.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.