Phnom Penh (FN), May 23 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen told a story behind the construction of the “Techo Aphivadh” Building, the Calmette Hospital’s Polytechnic Centre in Phnom Penh.

The premier spoke on Tuesday (May 23) at an inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed Calmette’s Polytechnic Building.

“I was the story behind the construction of the hospital building. I sent my mother-in-law to this hospital for treatment and in that case, I was absent from the ASEAN-Korea and Mekong-Korea Meetings,” the premier underlined.

“While I was at the hospital, I saw the building was under construction and later asked the director of the Calmette Hospital about the construction project. The director said it will take 10 years to complete because the budget is insufficient. Well, depending on the resource capacity of the Calmette Hospital, it is really impossible. Operating as a polytechnic center, Calmette Hospital did not have enough capacity, human resources, technical equipment and medical facilities,” the premier added.

Samdech continued, “So, I asked Finance minister Aun Porn Moniroth to study the budget. After discussion, he decided to allocate USD 30 million. I began a fundraising movement to support the construction and has been receiving plenty of donations from philanthropists.”

At the same time, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, the premier thanked donors for their contribution and thanked Finance minister Aun Porn Moniroth for agreeing to allocate a budget of USD 30 million.

Calmette’s “Techo Aphivadh” Building cost more than USD 70 million, located on Monivong Blvd., with a total length of 153 meters long and 22.5 meters wide. It is a 12-story building and can accommodate 426 beds.