Cambodia: Convention centre turned in temporary Covid-19 hospital as China pledges another 400,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine

Beds at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has recently been turned into a Covid-19 treatment facility in Phnom Penh, - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, April 13 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Prime Minister Hun Sen's eldest son Hun Manet, who is also deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said that in 80 hours his working group had prepared 1,800 beds at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has recently been turned into a Covid-19 treatment facility in Phnom Penh.

In a Facebook post on April 13, Manet said the government needed to prepare such facilities to the best of its ability amid a sudden, huge surge in transmission cases, especially in Phnom Penh, before beginning home treatment for patients with mild symptoms at a larger scale.

"The working group worked tirelessly day and night to get Koh Pich venues ready to accommodate patients in 80 hours," he said.

"I thank the management of the OCIC [Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation] for letting the government borrow the venues for use as a Covid-19 treatment facility at no cost."

Manet urged the public to constantly practise preventive measures amid the ongoing community outbreak.

An additional 400,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China will arrive in the Kingdom by month's end, according to the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh.

In an announcement via its official Facebook page on April 13, the embassy said: "The Chinese government donates an additional 400,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to support the Cambodian government in its fight against Covid-19."

Chinese ambassador Wang Wentian highlighted close relation between the two countries, reaffirming that China will continue to send aid to Cambodia until the Covid-19 battle is won.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has said China has been a friend in need, always assisting the Kingdom under all circumstances, especially in its ongoing fight against the deadly contagious disease. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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