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Health officials urge vaccinations amid spate of Covid-19 cases

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine greets an old woman awaiting her third Covid vaccination in Tbong Khmum province in February. photo supplied

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine and World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Cambodia Li Ailan urged the public to keep their vaccinations up to date and take preventive measures amid a spate of Covid-19 cases in the country keep.

Li recalled that by working together at the height of the pandemic, people helped protect the health system that eventually enabled the country’s successful reopening, while warning of a repeat.

“We are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases lately. Get vaccinated at all your recommended doses. Make individual or family choices to reduce risk,” she tweeted July 31.

Li said safe and smooth recovery at home for those with no or mild symptoms remains one of the important approaches to ensure sustainable management of Covid-19 in the kingdom.

“All my best wishes to my colleagues who have tested positive. I wish you a full recovery! Health first!” she added.

Vandine, who is also head of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Committee, said on July 30 that complacency gave the coronavirus an opportunity to circulate in the community.

“Continue to strictly implement the three do’s and don’ts and get your booster doses to prevent a surge in Covid-19 infections,” she urged.

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also Chairman of the Interministerial Committee

to combat Covid-19, recommended that all local and provincial governors improve education and share Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for home recovery with the public.

“We have issued these instructions to people who are returning a positive rapid test but have mild symptoms and choose to self-medicate at home. The ministry wants these guidelines to be more widely disseminated,” he said.

Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang said on July 31 that the authorities would continue to ensure compliance with the preventive measures, although there will be no repeat in the province just yet.

“We continue to maintain these measures and urge the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19. We’re also educating people on how best to treat themselves at home,” he said.

Samnang added that he and provincial officials also regularly disseminated information on monkeypox protection.

According to the SOP, if patients are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath and fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or less, they do not need medication for home treatment of Covid-19.

They should get a follow-up health check once they test negative, she added.

The ministry also said people aged 60 and over may be at serious risk of Covid-19, as well as those with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease or a weakened immune system.

Pregnant women and those who are overweight are also at increased risk.

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