The Health Ministry on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s General Administration of Customs to prevent the trans-border spread of communicable diseases.
A ministry statement said the MoU was signed between Health Minister Mam Bun Heng and Hu Wei, China’s vice minister of General Administration of Customs, at the ministry.
It noted that the agreement is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation on mechanisms, including quarantines, to prevent the spread of such diseases to and from either China or Cambodia.
“The main agreement is for preventing communicable disease from crossing the border, improving cooperation on border health checks and quarantine, as well as strengthening confidence-building between both parties,” it said.
Both parties agreed to boost cooperation, including informing each other about the outbreak of communicable diseases and steps being taken to stop their spread.
“The MoU also establishes a cooperative mechanism through which China can help the Kingdom during public health emergencies,” the statement said.
It added that the health ministry and China’s general administration of customs also agreed to hold regular meetings with each other, staff-exchange training programmes and jointly organise workshops on preventing the trans-border spread of diseases.
“We appreciate the Chinese side which always provides support to Cambodia’s Health Ministry and we request the Chinese government to continue supporting efforts to improve Cambodia’s healthcare sector,” Mr Bun Heng said in the statement.