The Ministry of Defence on Saturday received 16 tonnes of medical supplies from its Chinese counterpart. The aid comes following China’s previously held technical training and donation to the Kingdom’s military doctors for the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport, Lieutenant General Ly Sovan, director of the capital’s military hospital Preah Ket Mealea Hospital, noted the successive humanitarian assistance from China has significantly helped improve the emergency preparedness and response of Cambodian military doctors.
Senior Colonel Li Jingfeng, the Chinese embassy’s military attache, said China is currently helping countries worldwide to contain the pandemic.
“Cambodia and China are brothers and ironclad friends who help each other at times of emergency. Both countries’ military forces have been cooperating and supporting each other to fight the coronavirus. The handover ceremony this morning reflects the strong relations between the two countries,” said Senior Colonel Li, adding further support will be sent to Cambodia until the pandemic abates.
According to Mr Sovan, the Preah Ket Mealea Hospital has also received support from China in setting up a COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory, complete with the necessary diagnostic equipment, since late March. The donations, he said, came with two tonnes of medical supplies and four military medical experts who worked closely with the hospital’s local military doctors. It comes after the Chinese government successfully controlled the spread of the coronavirus in their country after it broke out late last year.
“All the military doctors of the Kingdom were invited to train with Chinese medical military doctors in preventive measures and diagnosing COVID-19. Now, we have a better understanding of the virus and are highly prepared to fight against it,” said Mr Sovan.
He noted the hospital has designated a building specially reserved for COVID-19 patients.
“The building has 60 rooms and can serve up to 120 patients,” said Mr Sovan, adding the facility follows the medical standards of China.
Last week, Mr Sovan said, military doctors were deployed to Oddar Meanchey province to collect 340 samples from residents and armed forces for testing. All samples came back negative for COVID-19.