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July 10, 1987

Medicine on the Cambodian Border: Khao I Dang

Author Affiliations

Grand Rapids, Mich

Grand Rapids, Mich

JAMA. 1987;258(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400020045016

To the Editor.—  In the March 13, 1987, issue of JAMA, Dr Cartter1 gives the impression that Khao I Dang hospital is closing. This is not so.There are possibly about 250 000 Cambodian refugees now in Thailand, and Khao I Dang serves as the headquarters for the United Nations Border Relief Operations. The general hospital operated by the International Red Cross is also called Khao I Dang. It provides tertiary medical care for all refugee camps and is also at that site.A relatively small cantonment occupied by refugees hoping for resettlement in some other country was also located at Khao I Dang. This alone is being closed and the refugee camps are being consolidated.My colleagues at the border camp, Site 8, will continue to be grateful that the general hospital at Khao I Dang will remain to care for the refugees.