Lithuania sends equipment and supplies to help Nepal fight Covid-19

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Kathmandu: A consignment of medical equipment and supplies from Lithuania to help Nepal fight the Covid-19 pandemic was handed over to the Ministry of Health and Population on Tuesday. The consignment was dispatched through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The support of the 13 EU Member States that have extended medical support to Nepal including Lithuania in recent months is around Euro 12 Million (NPR 1.7 billion).

Lithuania is one among the 13 EU Member States—Spain, Finland, France, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Hungary—responding to Nepal’s call for assistance.

The medical supplies contributed by Lithuania include 5 breathing machines (mechanical ventilators) and 20 oxygen inhalers from the state reserve, which is administered by the Ministry of Health of Lithuania. The total value of the humanitarian aid provided to Nepal amounts to almost Euro 50,000 (NPR 7.08 million)

“Lithuania stands with the people of Nepal through these testing times. Solidarity and joint efforts are crucial in the fight against the pandemic,” said Ambassador of Lithuania to Nepal, Julius Pranevičius.

Representative of the Honorary Consul to Lithuania, joined by charge d’affaires and Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nepal, Stephane Maicon handed over the equipment to Deependra Raman Singh, Chief Specialist at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) at a program organized at the Ministry of Health.

“The European Union and its Member States have shown that they are indeed a very close friend of Nepal through the donation of life saving medical equipment and supplies during times of dire need. We will continue to step up efforts to assist Nepal and its citizens in the days ahead enabling them to be healthier and safer,” said Stephane Maicon, charge d’affaires & Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nepal.

Alongside other donors, the EU has been monitoring the distribution and the use of the supplies across the country.