The Blue Sky Rescue Team (BSRT) from the People’s Republic of China plans to spray antiseptic against Covid-19 in Siem Reap over 15 days to reduce the chance of an outbreak, said the provincial administration.
The plan is for BSRT to begin spraying the antiseptic at designated areas starting on Friday. The list includes the Siem Reap provincial referral hospital, Phsar Chas Market and Pub Street area, local schools and the Borey Preum Prey and Phsar Leu Thom Thmey markets.
Ten medical volunteers from BSRT arrived in Cambodia on April 28 to spray antiseptic in cooperation with the Civil Society Alliance Forum (CSAF).
The Chinese team brought along equipment and medical materials including 200 ventilators, 280,000 medical masks and 900 pieces of antivirus clothing costing around 1,280,000 Yuan ($180,000).
The CSAF said the 10 volunteers are also opening a training course for Cambodian troops focused on a protection and prevention strategy.
BSRT has already been spraying antiseptic in Phnom Penh, Kandal province and Preah Sihanouk province. While in Phnom Penh, the group sprayed the Hun Sen Champovorn High School, which was used to quarantine workers, several hospitals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other places.
In Kandal province, the team sprayed the Takhmao Chas and Sa’ang markets as well as other locations.
The volunteers went to Sihanouk province on Tuesday and sprayed four places – the Health Department, Preah Sihanouk Referral Hospital, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall and a hotel used to treat patients.
The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration said: “Under instructions from the medical volunteers from BSRT on the spraying of antiseptic at some places, it will use 16 litres of water with eight pails of antiseptic for spraying Covid-19 areas.
“They will use 16 litres of water with four pails for spraying at public and workplaces. When spraying at work locations, staff are instructed to leave and return 20 or 30 minutes later.
In addition to the places already sprayed, the CSAF said the medical team plans to spray the Kampong Chhang, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, and Tboung Khmum provinces.