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Cambodia receives $2 million from US to fight COVID-19

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US Ambassador Patrick Murphy during Cross-Talk. KT/Srey Kumneth

The United States State Department on Tuesday issued a statement noting the US gave $2 million last month for the Kingdom’s fight against COVID-19.

The statement, shared by the US embassy in Phnom Penh, said the money will help the government prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance and support technical experts for response and preparedness.

“The Centres for Disease Control is assisting Cambodia with contact tracing, clinical management, lab testing, surveillance and infection control,” it said. “A US National Institute of Health infectious disease physician, is assisting with clinical consultations and developing clinical care guidelines for the Royal Phnom Penh Hospital.”

“Since the outbreak began, the US government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to Asean member States,” it said.

“Globally, as of [Sunday], the United States is providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to help countries in need, on top of the funding we already provide to multilateral organisations such as the World Health Organization and Unicef,” the statement added.

The statement said the US has provided more than $730 million in health and more than $1.6 billion in total assistance over the past two decades.

Cambodia is also receiving funds from members of the general public to fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Hun Sen over the weekend said King Norodom Sihamoni, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, tycoons and companies had also donated money.

“We have received nearly $10 million from Cambodian donors, but we still welcome more donors,” Mr Hun Sen said. “The government will use the national budget for medical staffers. Donations from Cambodians will be used for medical supplies such as masks. The government has ordered three million masks.”

“What is left of the masks, will be donated to people in the country,” he added.

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