The Czech Republic Embassy yesterday handed over medical devices and equipment to Phnom Penh’s National Pediatric Hospital (NPH), a donation aimed at saving lives and improving treatment for babies amid the pandemic.
The handover ceremony was presided over by Health Minister Mam Bun Heng and Štěpán Vojnár, Chargé d’Affaires of the Czech Republic Embassy in Phnom Penh.
The contribution, which includes around 90 newborn care medical training dummies and other medical devices worth more than $200,000, is a part of a bilateral development project and also within the humanitarian COVID-19 instrument.
“Training devices to Cambodian neonatologists are part of the 3-year project with NPH under the umbrella of the Czech official development cooperation with Cambodia,” according to an embassy press release.
The donation is in addition to more than 30 devices, including Czech-made incubators and other state-of-the art medical equipment, which the Czech Republic provided to NPH in January last year.
According to Pay Soklim, the deputy nursing director of NPH, this latest contribution will help the hospital to diversify and extend its neonatal care to more infants in Cambodian provinces thanks to strengthened capacities of key medical staff at NPH and exchange of expertise from the Czech medical specialists.
“We appreciate this long-term project as it has a great impact on wellbeing of our newborns and also on the strengthening of capacities of our staff. We even registered an increase of demand from parents for our services over the last year so this support is very helpful,” Soklim said.
In addition to this, the Czech Republic also equipped public health facilities in Kampong Chhnang province with more than 2,000 items of COVID-19 personal protection equipment. According to the embassy, the country, which has been a longtime ally and development partner of Cambodia, is considering more humanitarian activities in the Kingdom, including a new project set to start this year.