Nepal receives medical supplies from France to combat Covid-19 surge

Minister for Health Hridayesh Tripathi and French Ambassador to Nepal Francois-Xavier Leger among others during a handover ceremony. (Photo: MOFA)

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Kathmandu: France has extended support of medical equipment and supplies to Nepal in solidarity with Nepal in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

An aircraft contacting a shipment of 504,000 FFP2 masks; 20,225 antigenic test kits; 12,000 protection glasses; and 14 respirators including consumables landed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday morning.

French Ambassador to Nepal François-Xavier Léger handed over the medical supplies to Minister for Health Hridayesh Tripathi at a brief ceremony at the airport.

Health Minister Tripathi thanked the government and people of France for their generous support of life-saving materials which would be helpful in containing the surge of Covid-19 cases and treatment of the affected people.

He stated that the timely support from France is reflective of the longstanding Nepal-France friendship.

The medical support received today is in response to the government’s request the French government, communicated at the bilateral level as well as through the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, for supporting Nepal with vaccines, medicines, equipment, and supplies in the face of the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.