Macau doctors have a new ally and friend in Asia—Cambodia.
Following on the heels of Xi Jinping’s historic signing agreement with the Kingdom of Cambodia in October, Dr. Manson Fok, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), personally donated HKD 500,000 in medical equipment to the Cambodian people.
On behalf of Dr. Fok, two sonograms were given by Dr. Billy Chan of the Faculty of Health Sciences at MUST to the Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Doctors Alliance of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia at a special ceremony in Phnom Penh.
Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia, explained the importance of the sonograms, saying, “These will aid our rural mothers to prevent risk. Our doctors can take them into the countryside and really reduce risks for pregnancy complications. If they can see a problem there, then they can get the women to treatment in the city.”
At present Cambodia is facing a health challenge with rural patients and more sophisticated treatments, which are mainly located in the capital city of Phnom Penh.
On hand for the special ceremony were more than 2,400 young Cambodian doctors and nurses aged 20 to 29, all members of the Doctors Alliance (DA) in the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC)—itself a 70,000 member strong organization. The DA members of UYFC regularly volunteer and provide their own transportation and food when conducting medical volunteering in rural regions across Cambodia.
Dr. Mam said, “It is very honorable and a privilege to join this young group of medical professionals, and to encourage them to work in the communities with volunteerism. It’s very important. They can go to the remote areas of Cambodia and they can learn from them, and make a good practice.”
His Excellency Mr. H.E. Hun Many, President of UYFC and a lawmaker in the National Assembly of Cambodia, put the sonogram donations into the context of a larger medical momentum taking place in Cambodia today.
Mr. Hun Many said, “I think it is important to move forward with this. I thank the Minister of Health for coming here. Today, this event is important in many ways. First of all, the unity of the Doctors Alliance of UYFC to be together is key. But more importantly, all of them coming here together shows their ability, their willingness, to share and give back to society. I think the benefit of this event is not only at the government level, but for the individuals.”
“The presence of Dr. Billy Chan and his wife Luda shows a lot of solidarity and support. This allows for the opportunity for young doctors from Cambodia to be exposed to new international ways. Young Cambodians are capable in many respects, but they also need the opportunity and with the presence of Dr. Chan we have he opportunity to open up international exposure. This will be beneficial to young doctors here.”
He continued, “I believe everything starts with partnerships. Through the medical field platform we can exchange technology and experience. But more than technical specialization, or medical expertise, it is about people to people relationships at the diplomatic level and trade level. People to people meetings are very important. It allows us to develop mutual understanding and respect, and it goes a long way when you get to know one another.”
For their soulful medical gifts, Mr. Hun Many presented Dr. Fok and Dr. Chan with special plaques to take back to their Centre of Excellence at MUST.
Dr. Manson Fok was unable to attend due to a PRC state level memorial for the 10-year anniversary of the passing of his father, the eminent Chinese politician, philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Henry Fok (1923-2006).
Dr. Fok and Dr. Chan were also acknowledged by her Excellency Linda Yim, wife of Mr. Hun Many, and chair of the Doctors Alliance of the Union Youth Federations of Cambodia. The honorable Sokkung Heng, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Industry of the Kingdom of Cambodia, also welcomed Dr. Chan and Mrs. Luda Chan.
More medical exchanges are in the works, with Cambodian doctors being invited to be trained at MUST, and more doctors from Macau and China to be taken to aid in rural areas of Cambodia.
In other words, more heart to heart and soul to soul exchanges between Macau, China, and Cambodia are planned.