Nepal receives 982 oxygen concentrators financed by World Bank

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Kathmandu: Nepal has received 982 units of 10-liter oxygen concentrators financed by the World Bank.

The concentrators are part of a long-term solution for augmenting Nepal’s capacities to supply therapeutic oxygen to public health facilities towards a stronger response to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Bank said in a statement.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to quickly bring in the oxygen concentrators, which will be dispatched to health facilities of greatest need across all seven provinces of the country,” said Sher Bahadur Tamang, Minister of Health and Population. “The government is working hard to strengthen the availability of medical oxygen in all the public health facilities of Nepal, such that every Nepali citizen requiring oxygen is able to access it.”

The oxygen concentrators were procured through UNOPS under the World Bank-financed Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project, which has also financed seven oxygen generation plants, one for each province in Nepal. These plants will be brought in, installed, and operationalized by UNOPS in a phased manner in seven provincial hospitals, in the next 6-15 weeks.

“We are committed to supporting Nepal and Nepalis during this crisis, and by joining forces with the government and development partners, we have been able to have more impact,” stated Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.