First shipment of emergency aid from USAID arrives (photo feature)

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Kathmandu: The first shipment of emergency aid from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived in Nepal on Saturday.

The health supplies will help protect health care workers and battle the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, said USAID Nepal in a tweet. The first of three flights landed in Kathmandu carrying surgical masks, face shields, and gloves.

In the past three weeks, USAID has provided more than $15 million to help the Government of Nepal scale up Covid-19 testing, contact tracing, treatment, and infection prevention. USAID is also helping procure oxygen related supplies and repair oxygen-generating systems throughout the country.

This recent assistance, in addition to support over the past 15 months, brings USAID’s total assistance to Nepal for Covid-19 to more than $50 million. USAID’s historical investment, over the last 20 years, totals $600 million to improve the quality of health services in Nepal.