UK hands over medical supplies including 260 ventilators to Nepal

Ambassador of the UK to Nepal Nicola Pollitt (R) hands over medical supplies to Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi. (Photo: WFP Nepal)

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Kathmandu: Ambassador of the UK to Nepal, Nicola Pollitt, handed over the health supplies to Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi at a brief ceremony held at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Friday.

A charter flight carrying the medical consignment arrived in Kathmandu this morning, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Tripathi expressed his gratitude to the British government for extending helping hands when Nepal is facing a huge challenge in saving people’s lives from the resurgent second wave of the pandemic.

“This assistance from the UK is in keeping with a long history of the close and friendly relationship between Nepal and the UK including at the people’s level,” he stated.

Likewise, Ambassador Pollitt assured the Minister of continued British cooperation with Nepal.

The medical items provided by the UK include 260 units of ventilators, assorted consumables to last around four weeks, and 19,200 eye protectors. The same charter flight also carried oxygen concentrators donated by NepalMedUK, a charity organization based in the UK.