Traditional Chinese medicine experts arrive in Cambodia to help fight COVID-19

A team of 10 traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) experts arrived in the Cambodian capital on Wednesday evening to help the Southeast Asian country fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team was warmly welcomed by State Secretary of the Cambodian Ministry of Health Oeun Boraroth and Wu Guoquan, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, at Phnom Penh International Airport upon their arrival.

Boraroth said the experts will perform medical duties at the Cambodia China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh.

“TCM experts will play an important role in sharing China’s experience in treating COVID-19 patients with Cambodian doctors,” he told reporters, adding that they will carry out also the clinical diagnosis and treatment of other diseases.

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He said more TCM experts will be sent to Cambodia in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Boraroth expressed deep gratitude to China for providing a large number of TCMs to Cambodia, saying they are very effective in treating COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.

“Traditional Chinese medicines are very helpful. Many patients have recovered after using them,” he said.

The medical team was organized by the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and selected by the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Two TCM experts arrived in Cambodia before the team to carry out medical assistance work.

Some of them were the frontline doctors during the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic in China.

Wu said the state-level TCM medical team will train Cambodian medical professionals on how to treat COVID-19 patients using TCM.

“You are not only doctors saving lives and treating the injured, but also builders of a China-Cambodia community with a shared future,” he said.

He said that TCMs, namely Lianhua Qingwen capsules and Huashi Baidu granules, have been allowed to be used to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 patients in Cambodia, and they are very popular here and In other countries.

“Facts have proven that traditional Chinese medicines are safe and highly effective,” Wu said.

Xu Fengqin, one of the TCM experts, said she was very happy to have been selected for such a vital mission in Cambodia.

“We hope China’s experience and TCM technology will help Cambodia treat COVID-19 patients more effectively,” she said.

Cambodia has fully resumed socio-economic activities in all sectors and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine since mid-November last year after most of its population was vaccinated against COVID- 19.

The country reported 140 new cases and one death on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 134,492, with 3,049 deaths and 130,028 recoveries, the health ministry said.

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