Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang converts Covid facilities back to schools for reopening

Battambang converts Covid facilities back to schools for reopening

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
New quarantine centres in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district. FACEBOOK

Battambang converts Covid facilities back to schools for reopening

Two new Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centres in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district are set to open soon to treat patients and isolate new arrivals in order to allow the schools that had previously been converted for this purpose to reopen.

Provincial governor Nguon Ratanak led a delegation on September 10 to inspect the preparation of the centres and urge the working group to speed up construction. The sites are being prepared by a team of experts from the construction sub-commission of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19.

“These two locations are suitable for use as quarantine centres to replace the current school buildings being used so that we may reopen the schools on the recommendations of Prime Minister [Hun Sen] and according to the instructions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport,” he said.

Ratanak added that the two new locations were being upgraded for environmental and sanitation issues. The treatment centre can accommodate 2,500 patients with 2,500 beds and the quarantine site can accommodate up to 3,000 people comfortably.

Provincial Department of Information director Sous Sopheak told The Post on August 13 that the two centres would be open soon, though he could not yet set an exact date. He said school reopening also depends on the degree of Covid-19 transmission in the local area.

“Currently, the provincial governor is inspecting some areas where there is no transmission because we will reopen schools on a case-by-case basis by location, not across the province,” he said.

He said some areas are still highly contagious so schools cannot be reopened as yet.

Highly contagious areas will have to continue with remote learning and online classes while authorities are still in the study and evaluation stage, he said.

According to the provincial administration, as of September 8 a total of 6,457 Covid-19 cases had been detected with 89 deaths.

On August 31, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued an urgent audio message advising the education ministry to cooperate with the provincial authorities to review the possibility of schools reopening in villages and communes which had no Covid-19 transmission and in less contagious areas.

He advised that school reopening begin depending on local conditions and with physical distancing, masking and other health measures kept in place.

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in