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Sokha Heng participates in relief effort for Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hospital


As the coronavirus situation in Cambodia keeps unfolding and it’s by all estimations, is still far from a plateau, the lockdown restrictions remain in place. Cambodia has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Asian countries, leaving many shut off from supplies and medicare. In a situation like this, logistics and deliveries, which has never been very reliable in Cambodia, deteriorate at rapid speed. As a consequence, many hospitals, on the frontline of the coronavirus fight, lack even the basic supplies, such as disinfectants, masks, and clean water.

Luckily, there are people in Cambodia, who try to do their best to help those in need. On June 21st 2021, the representatives of Sokha Heng and her husband Ing Bun Hoaw visited Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hospital to give aid for the second time. They have delivered to the hospital 50 thousand masks, 600 litres of alcohol-based disinfectant and 300 bottles of Phnom Chob drinking water. In May they also provided help with sanitary basics, water and safety equipment for the doctors and their patients and were urged to keep on helping as the coronavirus spread basically froze activity in a large part of Cambodia.

Kampong Chhnang, a village Ing Bun Hoaw is a native of, has suffered significantly and the spread of infection is high there. A lot of those treated at the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hospital are pregnant women and children, who are reported to suffer most from scarceness of water, food and nutrition. Mr. Ing Bun Hoaw and Ms. Sokha Heng thanked the doctors for their hard work and care for their patience and said they would continue taking part in the relief efforts.

It is not the first time the couple makes donations of money or supplies to various organizations and communities in Cambodia. They aid hospitals, police departments and other social services, strained to their limits by continuous work amidst the crisis. They also deliver food and medication to remote villages, where people are basically shut off from all supply routes and are forced to stay put by the lockdown measures. Since those are some of the poorer regions of Cambodia, people there fully depend on humanitarian aid right now.

Covid new cases numbers continue to surge in Cambodia. According to statistics, the majority of cases belong to the age-group of 20 to 45, mostly able-bodied working people, whose illness prevents them from taking care of their families and parents. Sokha Heng and her husband have a long record of helping the poorest families in Cambodia, and this help has increased over the last months with the pandemic spread. The couple builds new housing, sometimes for entire communities, provides food, drinking water, medical supplies and urges everyone to follow protection against infection rules. In remote corners of Cambodia, where poor hygiene and anti-sanitary conditions are still not infrequent, their help is especially important.