Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials expedite construction of quarantine centre in capital



Officials expedite construction of quarantine centre in capital

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The quarantine centre, which can accommodate up to 460 people, is expected to be finished by year’s end. Phnom Penh Municipal Hall

Officials expedite construction of quarantine centre in capital

The Ministry of Health and Phnom Penh Municipal Administration are accelerating the construction of a new quarantine centre to be ready by year’s end.

The construction began in September. Health minister Mam Bun Heng and Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng went to check on the progress on November 5 and said they want it finished as soon as possible.

Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said on November 10 that the centre has four buildings on almost 1ha in Prek Pnov district’s Prek Pnov commune.

“We will put every effort into completing this centre according to plan because the demand is significant,” she said.

Ministry secretary of state York Sambath told reporters the centre will be able to accommodate 460 people. The ministry has plans to build two more buildings to be able to contain 800 people. This plan will cost about $790,000 with funding from the government’s budget.

The government have been using some schools in Phnom Penh to quarantine Cambodians travelling from abroad.

“Cambodians travelling from abroad will quarantine in this centre after it is done, while foreigners have to quarantine in hotels. This will make it convenient to manage. In the quarantine centre there will be doctors and equipment prepared,” she said.

Following a visit by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto on November 3, Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the authorities to strictly monitor those required to be in quarantine.

“I have ordered the health ministry and Phnom Penh and Kandal authorities to check on all people who are quarantined. If they do not quarantine properly at home, they will be invited to quarantine at facilities organised by the health ministry,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Preah Sihanouk hit with travel ban

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration has announced a temporary travel ban to and from the province, except for ambulances and trucks transporting goods. The announcement came after prime minister Hun Sen called on people in the province to travel only if necessary, and that people not

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese