Nurses to give jabs to Cam­bo­dia’s poor

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

Two Rock­ing­ham City Fam­ily Prac­tice nurses will join a team of health­care pro­fes­sion­als on a trip to Cam­bo­dia this month to pro­vide free med­i­cal aid to Cam­bo­di­ans liv­ing in ex­treme poverty.

Or­gan­ised by Palm Springs Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s Dr An­dre Leong, the med­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion aims to pro­vide free med­i­cal aid to or­phan­ages and sev­eral float­ing vil­lages in Siem Reap.

Reg­is­tered nurses An­drea Boot and Wendy Cooke will travel to Siem Reap this month to ad­min­is­ter the hep­ati­tis B vac­cine to about 350 chil­dren. Ms Boot said hep­ati­tis B was en­demic in ru­ral Siem Reap, with many vil­lagers suffering from end-stage liver fail­ure and liver can­cer as a re­sult of the condition go­ing un­treated.

“It’s a hor­ri­ble in­fec­tion, and be­cause they are liv­ing in con­fined spa­ces, chil­dren can get it eas­ily,” she said.

“So we’re go­ing over to help pro­vide the sec­ond round of vac­ci­na­tions to try to pre­vent its spread.”

The team will also run a med­i­cal clinic as part of the trip, pro­vid­ing free med­i­cal treat­ment to as many vil­lagers as pos­si­ble.

“The float­ing vil­lagers are not recog­nised by the Gov­ern­ment over there so it’s the hu­man­i­tar­i­ans that of­ten go and help with their health­care,” Ms Cooke said.

“It will def­i­nitely be an eye­opener for us.”

The nurses said while the week­end would be chal­leng­ing, they were both look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence and help­ing com­mu­ni­ties who needed it most.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Reg­is­tered nurses Wendy Cooke and An­drea Boot.

The float­ing vil­lages in Siem Reap.

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