PM Calls for Preparation of Code of Conduct for At-home Treatment of Mild COVID-19 Cases

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has advised relevant competent authorities to be ready with a code of conduct for at-home treatment of mild COVID-19 cases.

In a special voice message this morning, the Premier said if the daily infections of COVID-19 do not reduce, the hospitals will be crowded, both with mild and severe cases, therefore at-home treatment is needed.

The practice has been adopted by many developed countries with high positive cases such as the U.S., France, and other European countries, he added, taking an example of two infected Cambodian diplomats in France who have been instructed to be treated at home.

The at-home treatment code of conduct will provide guidance for the patients themselves, their household members, local authorities, the medical team, and so on, he underlined.

Anyway, he continued, only mild cases with suitable house are allowed with at-home treatment. If their houses are small and the transmission risk to other household members is high, the patients must be admitted to the hospital.

“About 50 percent have the possibility and want to treat at home,” Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. “I think we can reach that stage (at-home treatment) if the Feb. 20 Event is not getting better […].”

The Prime Minister also mentioned about the financial support for the at-home treatment cases like those in quarantine, i.e. 20,000 Riel (US$5) for food each day, as well as the recruitment of voluntary local medical practitioners at each Khan and district for the at-home treatment.

As of yesterday, Cambodia’s tally of COVID-19 reached 2,752, of which 2,222 are related to the third cluster infections known as the Feb. 20 Community Event. A total of 1,747 cases have so far recovered, with 21 deaths recorded.