China to send traditional Chinese medicine experts to Cambodia to fight COVID-19

China and Cambodia on Tuesday signed an agreement on sending a team of traditional Chinese medicine experts to help Cambodia in the fight against COVID-19.

The agreement was signed in Phnom Penh between Huang Luqi, Visiting Vice Commissioner of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NATCM), and Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bunheng, in the presence of the Chinese Ambassador in Cambodia Wang Wentian.

Speaking ahead of the signing ceremony, Huang said NATCM will send the team to Cambodia to perform medical duties at the Cambodia-China Preah Kossamak Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh for one year.

“During this period, the medical team will train qualified health professionals from the Cambodian Ministry of Health, develop a targeted training manual and continuing education courses, and provide prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services. on common illnesses, including COVID-19, for the local population,” he said. noted.

“I am confident that this agreement will not only benefit Cambodian medical experts, but also make significant contributions to improving the well-being of the Cambodian people,” he added.

Huang said the agreement was signed in accordance with the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries in November 2021.

For his part, Bunheng said the pact will not only further enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fight against COVID-19, but also expand cooperation in the field of traditional medicine.

“This agreement is crucial to help build the capacity of Cambodian health experts to treat COVID-19 patients more effectively with traditional Chinese medicines,” he said.

In Cambodia, Chinese patent medicines, namely Lianhua Qingwen capsules and Huashi Baidu granules, have been licensed for use to treat symptoms of COVID-19 patients.

“Traditional Chinese medicines are effective in treating patients with mild symptoms such as runny nose, cough and fever,” Bunheng said, adding that he still uses these medicines himself.

According to the agreement, the NATCM will send the medical team consisting of up to 50 competent professionals in clinical service and training to provide medical services including traditional Chinese medicine and a combination of Chinese and Western medicine to the hospital. Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak.

Cambodia has controlled the COVID-19 pandemic well after most of the kingdom’s population was fully vaccinated against the disease.

The Southeast Asian nation has reported no deaths from COVID-19 for three consecutive weeks, according to the health ministry.

The country registered 28 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 121,094, with 3,015 deaths and 117,247 recoveries, the ministry said.

Cambodia has so far administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 14.33 million people, or 89.6 percent of its 16 million population, he said, adding that among them, 13.74 million, or 85.9%, are fully vaccinated with two required shots.

Most of the vaccines used in the country’s inoculation campaign are the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm.

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