• Short Summary

    The United States Agency for International Development (AID) has presented the Government of the Khmer Republic with two prepackaged 200-bed disaster hospitals.

  • Description

    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).

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    Film ID:
    VLVADI8U9LZQSDYW8M1C5NSHDXT3B
    Media URN:
    VLVADI8U9LZQSDYW8M1C5NSHDXT3B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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