Kathmandu: A consignment of medical equipment and supplies from Ireland arrived in Katmandu on Friday morning.
An aircraft carrying the consignment from Ireland including 72 oxygen concentrators, 12 BPAP airflow machines, 44 ventilators, 400 pulse oximeters, 50 respiratory monitors and 50 defibrillators landed at Tribhuvan International Airport. The consignment also includes 100 thermometers, 728 oxygen regulators, 398 air regulators, 99,750 disposable protective coveralls, 201,600 face shields, and 10,080,000 surgical masks.
According to the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal, Denmark dispatched its first consignment on June 17, which will be followed by a second dispatch arriving on Saturday. The consignment from Denmark included 26 ventilators, 50 nasal oxygen cannulas, 9600 isolation gowns, and 960,00 FFP2 masks.
The consignment was handed over in presence of Minister of Health and Population Sher Bahadur Tamang joined by Honorary Consul to Ireland Madalasha Shrestha and Honorary Consul to Denmark, Hari Dharel. EU Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez, German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schäfer, and French Ambassador François-Xavier Léger were also present.
Foreign Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney said in a message that the delivery costs of the donation coming from the Health Service and others including Nepal-Ireland Society, is being managed by his Department.
Likewise, Danish Ambassador to Nepal Freddy Svane expressed his solidarity towards Nepal’s efforts to contain the pandemic. German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schäfer, who was present during the handover, said that the European Union, as the biggest donor to Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) will seek to subsidize vaccines for countries like Nepal.
Receiving the consignment, Health Minister Tamang said that Nepal will soon receive vaccines.
“We will be coming up with positive news soon regarding our drive to vaccinate all Nepalis,” Minister Tamang said.