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Mental Health Not a Priority in Cambodia
Written by Mong Palatino On 27 April 2014 @ 12:53 pm | 1 Comment
In Cambodia, East Asia, English, Governance, Health, Quick Reads
Writing for Southeast Asia Globe, Denise Hruby reported  how the mentally ill in many rural areas of Cambodia are being treated:
…the mentally ill are still treated by traditional healers, who aim to drive out bad spirits by burning the skin, or by the untrained staff of one-room health clinics who prescribe everything from pain-relief tablets to cough syrup.
According to government spokesperson Phay Siphan, mental health is not a priority:
The government prioritises maternal health and malaria. For mental health, I know that other governments have the money to subsidise that, but we are poor.
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