The Japanese government has provided another 30 ambulances to Cambodia to assist the country in its fight against Covid-19. The support is part of Japan’s efforts to counter and respond to Covid-19 around the world.
The 30 ambulances have been deployed to many health facilities this week. This is in addition to the 70 ambulances that have already been provided to Cambodia.
In a press statement, the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh said the assistance is based on the cooperation measures put in place with ASEAN countries that were announced by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Special ASEAN Plus Three summit last year.
On July 13, Japanese foreign minister Motegi Toshimitsu announced that his government would provide approximately one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan to Cambodia.
The provision is through the World Health Organisation-led Covax Facility. The vaccine will be shipped to Phnom Penh as soon as the logistics arrangement by Covax is completed.
“Japan will continue to cooperate with the Royal Government of Cambodia to provide necessary equipment. We hope that these supplies will be helpful for the Cambodian healthcare professionals who are working so hard to fight Covid-19,” the embassy said.
According to the statement, Japan has provided a series of medical supplies for Cambodia including 100 ambulances, 10 X-ray inspection equipment, 26 ultrasound diagnostic equipment, 63 oxygen generators and 100 ICU beds, among others. The supports were in response to a request from Cambodia government.