South Korea offers further assistance in Covid-19 battle

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Health workers register Doeurm Kor market vendors to have their samples taken for Covid-19 testing on April 17. TYDA PAGE

The South Korean government has provided further assistance worth $350,000 to help the Cambodian Ministry of Health in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.

According to a press release on April 19, the donation is made through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The items include 18,750 test kits of RNA Extraction Kits; 14,400 kits of SD Biosensor; 42,000 swabs for specimen collection; and other accessories for PCR testing machine.

These items will be used in the National Laboratory under the National Institute of Public Health to detect the coronavirus.

KOICA said: “This is not the first donation as KOICA has been contributing various kinds of supports since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Cambodia, with 8,640 kits of SD Biosensor donated last year.”

KOICA also provided further support through through its Covid-19 response initiative such as 100,000 pieces of surgical masks, 4,500 pieces of N95 masks and 2,000 units of hand sanitisers for medical staff to the National Pediatric Hospital and Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.

KOICA has also provided support for the vulnerable population with food stuff and essential first aid kits in six target areas including Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Speu, Kratie, Oddar Meanchey, Battambang and Siem Reap.

KOICA has also worked in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on the “Strengthen Covid-19 Response to Returning Migrants in Cambodia at Point of Entry (POE) and Quarantine Center (QC)” initiative with a focus on five provinces including Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap, and Prey Veng.