Given our proximity to China, the single confirmed case in Cambodia and the cruise ship situation, I thought it would be worth updating people on our response to the new novel coronavirus which is spreading across the world.
First, you should know that we are not worried. Healthcare in Cambodia has improved dramatically in the last decade and while we are still not on par with some of our neighbors, many Cambodian hospitals can and do deliver effective medical treatment. Second, just because we aren’t worried doesn’t mean we aren’t cautious. It seems unlikely that cases of coronavirus are limited to the 1 reported person a month ago and we are following the news regularly to stay up to date on preventative measures. Charles and I have experience in healthcare and it seems that handwashing is still the most effective way to protect ourselves. We gave our staff a training on thorough handwashing shortly after the outbreak started and have purchased individual hand-sanitizers for staff to use regularly.
Additionally, we have in place a plan for staff to work from home in the event that someone on staff does become infected or the city indicates that travel around the city isn’t safe. Finally, I wish I could report that everyone is healthy, but that’s not the case right now. Many of our staff have colds, one lost her voice, another had strep and another is taking antibiotics due to amoeba in his gut.
Also, both girls have had moderate fevers this week. So we appreciate prayers for health and safety of our family and the MCC staff for the many routine illnesses that surround us right now.
We hope and pray for each of you to stay healthy and safe in your own environment.