Phnom Penh, Mar 25 : Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday made a strong pitch for Chinese medical experts and medical supplies, stating that they were crucial to help the kingdom fight against COVID-19. A team of seven medical experts from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region arrived in this Cambodian capital via a special chartered plane on Monday, bringing along with them, tonnes of medical supplies, to assist the country to combat the virus.
"Our partner, China, has come to help us, and we've got information from our Chinese friends that the medical supplies that arrived (on Monday) were just in the first phase, as more will be subsequently arriving in Cambodia, based on our needs," Mr Sen said, during a meeting with a group of local volunteer doctors in Phnom Penh. The Prime Minister extended his profound gratitude to China for the assistance and expressed his confidence in the abilities of the Chinese medical team in helping the kingdom fight against the virus.
Besides working with China, he said Cambodia has also worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other development partners to combat the virus. Mr Sen praised China for sending it's medical staff and supplies to many countries that are being hit by COVID-19, particularly to Italy, Spain, and France. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister criticised certain Western countries for using "double standards" to define the COVID-19 lockdown. ''When China locked down the Wuhan city, they accused the country of restricting freedom, but when they locked down their own countries, they said they took a measure to contain the COVID-19 spread,'' he alleged. Cambodia has, so far, recorded a total of 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Six of them, a Chinese man, a British woman and four Cambodian men, have fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals. (UNI)