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US, Swiss medical support arrives

In response to the request of the government of Nepal amid resurging Covid-19 cases, the government of the United States of America has sent a plane load of medical supplies to fight the pandemic.The support materials — first of the three chartered aircrafts arriving within next two days — were received by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr. Jageshwar Gautam, from the officials of the Embassy of the United States of America and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) informed.

The materials handed over today include surgical masks, face shields, and gloves. This is in addition to the earlier support received from USAID including 100 units of ventilators, Covid-19 testing facilities and equipment, oxygen-related materials, personal protection equipment (PPE) and other life-saving medical supplies, MoFA added in its statement. USAID is scheduled to hand over 1,000 oxygen cylinders to the ministry tomorrow. The much-needed medical support has been instrumental in saving lives and complementing the national initiatives for treatment, prevention and control of the pandemic.

The government of Nepal has expressed deep gratitude to the government and friendly people of the United States of America for the solidarity extended to the people of Nepal, reflecting the longstanding bilateral relations marked by friendship and cooperation.
The effort made by the United States Embassy and USAID in Kathmandu for the timely delivery of the support materials has been acknowledged with appreciation.

Meanwhile, the government of Switzerland has provided support of various medical equipment and supplies to the government of Nepal.
The Swiss government has provided 40 oxygen ventilators, 1,100,000 rapid antigen test kits, 10 oxygen concentrators, 1,000 nasal canulas, respiratory masks, examination gloves and protective suits, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) informed. Issuing a statement, MoFA said the support materials were handed over to Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi by Elisabeth von Capeller, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal at the Tribhuvan International Airport Saturday morning.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Tripathi expressed gratitude to the Swiss government and the friendly people of Switzerland for the generous support, which would be instrumental in saving lives and complementing the government’s efforts for prevention and control of infections. He thanked the Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu for making efforts in the timely delivery of the support materials.
According to MoFA, the support received today is in response to the request of the government of Nepal to the Swiss government for supporting Nepal with vaccines, medicines, equipments and supplies related to COVID-19.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present on the occasion.

—— The Rising Nepal

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