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Indonesia Health Fest coming soon to Sihanoukville

The Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Santo Darmosumarto, addresses a press conference at the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday. KT/Yarn Soveit

The Embassy of Indonesia in Cambodia is proud to host the “Indonesia Health Fest” on June 8 and 9 at the Prince Time Hotel in Shanoukville.

The event is being organised to offer medical check-ups to Indonesian nationals and Cambodian citizens free of charge.

Santo Darmosumarto, Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, said yesterday that Indonesia and Cambodia are commemorating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.

He said that the Indonesia Health Fest is one among many events the Embassy is organising to celebrate and nurture the strong friendship between both countries.

He said that the two-day event aims to encourage healthy lifestyles and is promoting Indonesian healthcare products available in Cambodia through seminars, free basic health check-ups, product demonstrations, exhibitions, games and door prizes.

He noted that all activities at the event are completely free.

The Embassy is inviting all Cambodian citizens, especially those living in Sihanoukville, to participate.

Santo added that there are two kinds of health check-ups available: cardiovascular examinations that will be offered by the Indonesia National Cardiovascular Centre and Harapan Kita Hospital, which can accommodate up to 30 people per day.

He said also that basic health screenings are available, too. They will focus on monitoring blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and uric acid. For these, up to 500 people may be accommodated to receive free check-ups.

Examinations will be conducted by local healthcare professionals in Sihanoukville with equipment and test kits supplied by the Embassy and Kalbe International Plc.

“The health check-ups are free, and anyone can register by filling out the form at,” Santo said.

He said that a second event celebrating Indonesian-Cambodian ties is in the works, and will take place later this year as soon as adequate funds are raised. The event will be a collective social work project to help upgrade facilities at the Indonesia-Cambodia Friendship School, which is located in Prey Veng.

With support of the Indonesian diaspora and business community in Cambodia, improvements will be made to school facilities, including a new front gate, an open space for reading, a fresh water tower, a children’s playground, tables and chairs for the kindergarten and laboratory equipment, along with a new toilet facility.

He pointed out Sihanoukville was chosen for the Health Fest event after Kuoch Chamroeun, Governor of Preah Sihanouk province, invited the embassy to organise the event, mainly because there are so many Indonesian citizens living and working in Sihanoukville.

“We expect the Indonesia Health Fest will be successful, and I hope more than 2,000 people will attend,” he said.

He added that the Embassy plans to host, the event annually if many people show up and it proves a success with Indonesians and the Cambodian public.

Christopher Aditya Halim, Country Manager of Kalbe International also said yesterday that Kalbe Farma is one of the largest healthcare companies in Southeast Asia and a major healthcare provider in Indonesia. It offers several popular brands of medicine, including Procold and Woods cough medicine.

“I think this a great opportunity for us to support the Indonesia Health Fest in Sihanoukville, especially because we have more than a hundred thousand Indonesian citizens living in Cambodia to support our products. This is the first time that we are joining the event,” he said.

Later this year, Indonesia will host their biggest event ever in Cambodia, called Sousdey Indonesia. The exhibition is scheduled to take place at the Diamond Island Exhibition and Convention Center (DICEC), Building J-K-L, on Koh Pich Island in Phnom Penh on September 13 and 14.

Sousdey Indonesia is a re-branding of the Indonesian Trade and Tourism Promotion event, which the Indonesian Embassy has hosted on 14 occasions since 2006. The popular show promotes trade, investment, tourism, educational opportunities, arts, culture and the culinary delights of Indonesia.

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