CDC Director Optimistic of Local Health Services

AKP Phnom Penh, April 20, 2020 —

Dr. Ly Sovann, Director of the Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC) at the Ministry of Health, has expressed his conviction that more and more Cambodian people will turn to local health services after the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our experience as well as our code of medical ethics are now as high as those of other countries. The treatment of COVID-patients is an example,” he told AKP via Telegram on April 20.

He therefore encouraged the citizens to use local health services, which shows an act of encouragement for local health practitioners and contributes to further enhancing the quality of local health services.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Cambodia, Dr. Ly Sovann is optimistic that the 15 remaining active patients will recover in the near future, but underlining that the COVID-19’s transmission will not end easily.

The CDC director explained without much details that there are three stages of COVID-19’s spread – first, a few cases reported; second, community transmission; and third, massive infected cases detected.

Cambodia is currently in the first stage, pointed out Dr. Ly Sovann, thus advising people to keep their vigilance and continue applying preventive measures in order to break the chain of infection.

As of this morning, Cambodia has recorded in total 122 COVID-19 confirmed cases, including 51 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, 5 British, 3 Chinese, 3 Vietnamese, 2 Americans, 2 Indonesians, 2 Canadians, and one Belgian. Of them, 107 have been cured successfully.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has now hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.

By C. Nika