A Vital Need
With regard to “The Healing Fields” [Winter], it should be noted that there is a high mortality rate among the healthy people living in the floating villages on the river near Siem Reap. Our travel guide told us that 30 percent of the people die before getting to the hospital because the transportation takes too long. They are dying from treatable conditions, such as dehydration, infection, bleeding, trauma and obstetrical complications. They must go by boat to the road to Siem Reap and then by truck. A helicopter system is badly needed. Perhaps a military helicopter could be made available and a couple of strategic helicopter pads built. I believe the Swiss hospital has a helicopter pad on the roof. A trained village health worker should be in contact with someone at the hospital regarding the transports.