The donation was made when the King attended the 20th founding anniversary of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals and the inauguration of IRM facilities of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital V in Phnom Penh.
On the occasion, the Cambodian monarch expressed profound thanks to the local and international donors for their support to the hospitals in the past 20 years.
“The protection of social welfare is an important duty to which we have to pay high attention,” he underlined.
King Sihamoni also stressed on King-Father Norodom Sihanouk’s and Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk’s attention and encouragement to the protection of people’s health, in particular that of children and women, saying that they have given a piece of land at southern wing of the Royal Palace and provided financial support to build the hospitals.
Dr. Beat Richner, Founder of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals and President of Kantha Bopha Foundation, recalled the history of the establishment of the hospitals and thanked the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Cambodian Red Cross and other charitable people for their support to his hospitals.
During the past 20 years, the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals have provided free medical treatments to some 1,350,000 children and more than 11 millions others have received free outpatient services, said Dr. Beat Richner, adding that the hospitals have so far spent in total US$465 million.
The four Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals in Phnom Penh and the Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital Siem Reap province have been supported by the Cambodian and Swiss governments as well as many other local and foreign charitable people.