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US Christian Group Plans Phnom Penh Hospital

A Christian group from Colorado is hoping to build a large humanitarian hospital in a suburb of Phnom Penh, officials said Wednesday.

Under a plan that is now being studied for feasibility, Korean and American staff would run a hospital for the Christian Medical Ministry to Cambodia, also called Jeremiah’s Hope.

Chheum Uy Konnary, a representative of the organization, said it wanted to open the hospital in the Phnom Penh suburbs.

But Ouch Borith, secretary of state for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Wednesday the government was looking for suitable land further in the countryside.

"I will raise the request to the organization to find any location in the countryside, which is easier and more convenient for both the hospital staff and the poor,” Ouch Borith said.