The United States Agency for International Development (AID) has presented the Government of the Khmer Republic with two prepackaged 200-bed disaster hospitals.
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Background: The United States Agency for International Development (AID) has presented the Government of the Khmer Republic with two prepackaged 200-bed disaster hospitals. One will help expand existing emergency facilities in the capital, Phnom Penh; the other will enable medical care to be given to the thousands of wounded in Kompong Cham, where heavy fighting with Communist-led insurgents has been in progress for several weeks. The Government says 6,000 of its troops and civilians have been killed or wounded in the battle for the provincial capital.
Such was the urgent need for the disaster hospitals, that they were delivered by air (on 17-18 September 1973, at Phnom Penh Airport) by United States Air Force planes. They were accompanied by a Washington hospital specialist, with long experience in emergency relief.
Each unit, complete with X-Ray, surgical ward, laboratory and dental facilities, contains enough medicines, medical supplies and equipment to cater for 200 in-patients at a time. The hospitals are totally self-sufficient, with their own generations, water pumps and water storage facilities. Their value is U.S.$ 150,000 (GBP60,000 sterling).