The World Bank has approved a $20 million line of credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to assist Cambodia’s COVID-19 emergency response. This is part of the banks first emergency support package dedicated to fast-track COVID-19 aid.
The World Bank said, the funds will help Cambodia fight the spread of COVID-19 through projects that include strengthening disease prevention activities, rapid detection, preparedness and response.
“This fast-tracked financing will help Cambodia confront this unprecedented global health emergency by sourcing much-needed medical supplies and facilities to diagnose and treat COVID-19. They will also reduce the spread of infection, strengthen pandemic response capabilities and shorten the time to recovery for both people and the economy,” said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Cambodia.
The World Bank also said, the funds will assist in the construction of isolation and treatment centres and increase the diagnostic capacity of laboratories at all 25 of the country’s provincial and municipal referral hospitals and facilitate the purchase of medical supplies needed to treat patients and prevent the spread of infection.
In addition, the fund will also support the deployment of the Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Teams across the country through the hiring and training of additional staff and strengthening the National Public Health Emergency Operation Centres, which coordinates the country’s COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts and establishes provincial-level emergency operation centres.