The Chinese government has dispatched four military doctors to the Kingdom to train Cambodian military medics on how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.
Srey Vantha, deputy director of Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital, said four Chinese military doctors arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.
“The Chinese government has sent them to help train Cambodian armed forces personnel to stem the spread of the virus,” he said. “They were frontline fighters to battle the virus in China during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Mr Vantha said the four doctors are specialised in anti-virus measures, sterilising, diagnosing and protection.
He added 70 Cambodian military doctors will undertake training on how to battle the virus.
“In our army, we prefer protective measure to fight the virus,” he added. “They will teach us how to prevent the spread of the virus and the equipment needed so we are well prepared.”
Mr Vantha said the doctors from China are studying Cambodia’s situation related to COVID-19 and facilities before giving advice.
The Chinese military doctors came at the Defence Ministry’s request amid the COVID-19 fear.
Ek Tha, spokesman of the Council of Ministers, said yesterday training how to fight the coronavirus by Chinese military doctors reflected greater cooperation between both countries.
“China’s support showed the two countries continue to stand strong and keep working together, as ironclad friends, for the common interest. This is what we mean by comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation,” he added.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said yesterday China wanted to be a role model in helping the needy.
“By helping Cambodia, China is a role model. China will make the Cambodian economy grow in order to attract other countries to foster ties with her.”