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Vietnam willing to support Cambodia in Covid-19 fight

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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April 23, 2021 | 08:29

Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long on April 22 had an online meeting with Cambodian counterpart Mam Buncheng.

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The online meeting was held aiming to update information, share experience in Covid-19 prevention and control, and aspire to cooperate with and support Cambodia in the Covid-19 battle, Kinhtedothi reported.

At the meeting, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long highly appreciated Cambodia's efforts in coping with Covid-19.

Minister Long said one of Vietnam’s experience in Covid-19 prevention and control was mobilizing the participation of the entire political system and residents. All medical facilities were connected with each other so that they could exchange, discuss and consult critically-ill cases. Remote consultation helped Vietnam to successfully handle the first and second waves of Covid-19. In the third wave, although more critically ill cases were reported than two previous ones, no deaths were logged, Long added.

Vietnam willing to support Cambodia in Covid-19 fight
Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long on April 22 had an online meeting with Cambodian counterpart Mam Buncheng. Photo: Kinhtedothi

Long also said that Vietnam was willing to aid Cambodia in fighting against Covid-19 by remotely connecting the country’s health facilities to Cambodia's and sending doctors to Cambodia if it needed.

According to Long, amidst the complicated development of Covid-19 in Cambodia, medical supplies and equipment are really necessary. On that basis, Vietnamese Prime Minister decided to support Cambodia 800 ventilators, 2 million medical masks, 300,000 N95 masks, and other medical equipment, etc.

If Cambodia agrees, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health will transport ventilators and masks to the country as soon as possible. The Vietnamese airline will transport from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia. This is one of the biggest supports ever of Vietnam for countries to fight against Covid-19.

Vietnam willing to support Cambodia in Covid-19 fight
The Cambodian Minister of Health expressed his thanks to Vietnam for its attention to Cambodia’s Covid-19 fight, adding that it would have official exchanges on receiving Vietnam’s donations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Kinhtedothi

At the meeting, the Vietnamese Minister of Health also hoped that the Cambodian Minister of Health would continue to direct the strengthening anti-epidemic measures, especially in the provinces bordering Vietnam due to the increasingly complex development of illegal entry.

The Vietnamese side would also tighten Covid-19 prevention and control in the border areas. The Minister also thanked Cambodia for its attention and assistance to the Vietnamese community in the country in health care and epidemic prevention and control over the past time.

Vietnamese Health Minister’s leader expressed his hope that Cambodia would soon overcome the difficulties and challenges caused by the Covid-19 epidemic to protecting the health and lives of Cambodians, including Vietnamese living in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, the Cambodian Minister of Health expressed his thanks to Vietnam for its attention to Cambodia’s Covid-19 fight, adding that it would have official exchanges on receiving Vietnam’s donations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Cambodian Ministry of Health today confirmed it has detected 446 new cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia while the country’s death toll rose to 59 as three more deaths were also confirmed today, said Khmertimeskh.

In Phnom Penh alone, the health authorities have found 331 new cases, comprising 329 Cambodians, 1 Chinese, and 1 Indonesian.

Sihanoukville is second on today’s list, with 82 new cases detected in the coastal city. The new patients include 81 Cambodians and 1 Chinese national.

With the new cases, the Kingdom’s COVID-19 tally is now 8,193, of which 7,648 are linked to the February 20 Community Event.

The Health Ministry this afternoon also confirmed that three more Cambodian citizens have succumbed to the deadly disease, causing the country’s death toll to increase again to 59.

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