Kathmandu: CARE Nepal has handed over health and medical equipment worth Rs 13 million to the Ministry of Health and Population. The aid is the continuity of CARE Nepal’s effort to support the government in the control, response, and recovery of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Roshan Pokharel, the Chief Specialist from MOHP thanked CARE Nepal for the support.
“We are thankful for the support provided and we expect the continuous support and coordination too. Covid-19 is going to be among us for a long time and the needs are going to be different in the days ahead. We hope that organizations like CARE Nepal will be supporting to meet those needs and also support the recovery interventions.”
Likewise, Member Secretary of the Social Welfare Council, Pushkar Khati said, “We are really glad that development organizations like CARE Nepal have been able to support the government with essential health equipment in a short time. Such supports will be required in the days ahead too. We request the ministry to keep us updated with the changing needs and requirements to keep us going.”
Reflecting on the coordination with the government Mona Sherpa, Interim Country Director of CARE Nepal stressed that government, civil society organizations, and development partners need to work hand in hand during the pandemic.
“It has been tiresome but a journey with a lot of learning,” she added, “Moreover we all need to work collectively to strengthen the health systems and ensure timely and quality services to the most venerable communities, mostly women and girls.”
Sherpa said that CARE Nepal is grateful to the development partners, multinational companies, and charities that have supported the campaign.
“The support provided by the government, mostly the concerned ministries and departments, and the social welfare council has been very appreciable. It has helped us operate swiftly and efficiently in these times,” she said.
CARE Nepal said it is committed to working with the communities amidst the hard times of this pandemic like it has been doing for the past 42 years.
In the first wave too, CARE Nepal continuously supported the government by handing over health equipment, conducting the Rapid Gender Analysis, conducting activities for infection prevention and control, providing food and nutrition support, WASH improvement, and risk communications.
Similarly, CARE Nepal said it has been committed to minimizing the impact of the pandemic on the health system and the vulnerable communities from the beginning of the second wave too.