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Cambodia and Thailand step up health cooperation

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
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The Cambodian and Thai Health Ministries have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the health sector, including their fight against communicable diseases in border provinces.

A joint statement published Friday said that the agreement covered monitoring, protection and control of diseases in border areas, the elimination of malaria, strengthening human resources and increased management of infectious diseases in order to improve existing disease transmission systems.

“The two sides agreed…to strengthen the capability of border officials, the cooperation of fellowship hospitals and disaster response mechanisms,” the statement said.

Or Vandin, director-general of the Technical General Department at the Health Ministry, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

However, she was quoted by the Health Ministry’s official Facebook page saying that the two countries have also agreed to promote the implementation of an action plan over the next three years.

She said that between 2017 and 2019, top priorities for both sides include the eradication of malaria along the border and a public health emergency response programme.

Mok Kimly, deputy director of the Koh Kong provincial health department, said that since the cooperation between the two countries began, cases of malaria and other communicable diseases have drastically decreased in the province and Thailand’s Trat province.

“We have provided information about malaria and other diseases to the Thai side and they have done the same by providing training to our officials,” Mr Kimly said. “I expect that this agreement to strengthen cooperation will help both countries.”

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