Banteay Meanchey province is set to start home-based treatment for mild Covid-19 cases after receiving the green light from the Ministry of Health, becoming the second after Phnom Penh to begin the practice.

“Today, with the approval of the health ministry … the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration starts offering training in Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for home-based Covid-19 treatment,” governor Um Reatrey announced on July 24.

He said working groups at provincial and district levels as well as hotlines have been set up, while medical personnel has been well prepared.

“As a first step, the provincial administration will start home-based treatment in Poipet and Sisophon towns,” he said.

Reatrey made the announcement during a virtual meeting coordinated by health ministry secretary of state Ngov Kang and attended by officials from the provincial health department and the province’s nine district administrations.

Kang said treating mild Covid-19 patients at home eases the burden of the authorities and reduce state expenses.

The province, which shares border with Thailand, reported 74 new Covid-19 cases and 214 recoveries on July 24.