Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday issued additional measures for the seizure and destruction of unregistered COVID-19 rapid test kits and medicines being sold in the market.
In a press conference held at the National Assembly, Mr Hun Sen appealed to the public to not be deceived by the rapid test kits and medicines sold in the market, especially if the materials do not bear the approval of the WHO and the Health Ministry.
Authorities were also ordered to coordinate with court prosecutors regarding the search and seizure of the materials in accordance to the Law on Combating Counterfeit Medicines. Counterfeit alcohol-based sanitisers were also added on the list due to the emergence of sellers profiteering from the pandemic. Arrests for the sellers were sanctioned by the premier.
On Sunday evening, authorities from the capital’s Russei Keo district, with the coordination of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor, detained a woman selling unregistered COVID-19 rapid test kits in Beoung Chhouk village, Kilometre 6 commune.
District governor Chea Pisey identified the woman as Var Vouchkeang, 26, an online seller via Facebook account Rama Brand Shop.
“During preliminary investigation, Ms Vouchkeang said she only helped promote and sell the items for Monita Sok, another online seller living in the US,” he said.
Mr Pisey added the suspect has been taken to the district police office for further interrogation.
According to the headquarters’ Facebook page, authorities in the capital have so far conducted searches for unregistered COVID-19 rapid test kits in nearly 100 pharmacies but no kits were found.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine, citing a report from the WHO, said yesterday 200 types of COVID-19 rapid test kits have been developed so far but an official go-signal for the use of the kits is yet to be given.