Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday left for his annual medical checkup in Singapore, posting photographs to Facebook of himself sitting in a jet on his way to the wealthy city-state.
“At this moment, I’m at a hospital in Singapore,” Mr. Hun Sen wrote.
“There’s no critical illness needing treatment, but it’s a doctor’s requirement to get an annual health checkup.”
Defending his decision to seek treatment abroad, Mr. Hun Sen said he was not disrespecting local doctors by making the trip.
“That I came to get a health checkup in Singapore does not mean I do not trust our Cambodian doctors,” he wrote.
“I get health checkups monthly, each trimester and semesterly and am treated for sicknesses by our Cambodian doctors.”
Mr. Hun Sen said it was, in fact, local doctors themselves who told him that Cambodia’s health system could not adequately provide the care that he needed.
“It’s because there was advice from Cambodian doctors that I should get a checkup outside the country to be clear about some types of illnesses for which we are lacking in equipment,” he wrote.
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