Vietnam hands over medical supplies to support Cambodia’s COVID-19 prevention

Thursday, 27/05/2021 16:41
A ceremony was held on May 26 in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh to hand over Vietnam’s medical supplies to help Cambodia fight COVID-19.

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The medical supplies included 800 ventilators, 2 million medical masks and 300,000 N95 masks, presented during the time Cambodian Government and people are striving to control a serious wave of COVID-19 infections among communities, with cases reaching nearly 27,000.

Ambassador Vu Quang Minh hands over the assistance to Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bunheng. (Photo: NDO)

At the handover ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for the gifts worth USD200,000, stressing that the supplies were of great significance for Cambodia’s fight against COVID-19.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh spoke highly of the efforts of the Cambodian government and people, including the Ministry of Health, in the fight against COVID-19.

He thanked the Cambodian Ministry of Health for following Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s directions to offer free vaccinations to staff of foreign representative offices.

During their phone talks on April 6, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen agreed to effectively realise agreements reached by the two countries’ leaders, enhance national defence-security coordination, improve the efficiency of border management, curb the spread of pandemic and ensure smooth flow of goods via border gates.

The Vietnamese PM expressed his belief that the Cambodian Government and people, under the sound leadership of Cambodian PM Hun Sen, will soon drive back the pandemic and reap new achievements.

They also directed the two health ministers to share about the experience in combating COVID-19.

The above medical supplies belonged to Vietnam’s third official assistance for Cambodia. Earlier, in April 2020 and April 2021, the Vietnamese Party, State, Government and people handed over medical supplies, including testing kits, medical and anti-bacterial masks, protective gears and cash worth USD500,000, to Cambodia./.

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