The Ministry of Health yesterday prohibited private clinics from testing, admitting and treating any patient suspected of having COVID-19, saying any patient under investigation for the disease must be sent to state hospitals.
In a letter, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said should the clinics come across patients exhibiting coronavirus symptoms such as fever of more than 38 Celsius, cough, dizziness, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, as well as having a record of recent travel to foreign countries, they should call the ministry hotline or alert provincial health departments.
Mr Bun Heng added owners of private clinics must cooperate with the ministry and adhere to their instructions.
“If the ministry finds any private clinic in violation of the order, the clinic will be met with legal action,” he said.
Thim Samnang, a resident of the capital, said yesterday since people now have become aware of the disease, most have isolated themselves in their homes as per the government’s suggestion while businesses have opted to temporarily halt operations.
“We must listen to the Health Ministry when they tell us not to buy COVID-19 rapid test kits. Everyone showing symptoms of the disease must instead contact the ministry hotline at 115 and go to a state hospital for a checkup. These precautions are for everyone’s safety,” said Ms Samnang.
Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen said more than 3,000 rooms in hotels, schools, dormitories and other public buildings across the country have been arranged to receive COVID-19 patients.
Four facilities in the capital have also been designated to treat COVID-19 patients. Among which are the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, Chak Angre Health Centre, Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital and the Great Duke Hotel.