Japan provides six ambulances to Nepal

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Kathmandu: Japan has provided six ambulances to support the government in order to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Ambassador Kikuta Yutaka handed over the ambulances to State Minister of Health and Population Umesh Shrestha at the Nepal Ambulance Service in Kathmandu amidst a ceremony on Monday.

Commenting briefly on the occasion, ambassador Kikuta said, “It is my great pleasure to be able to provide six ambulances from Japan to our dear Nepali friends.”

These Japan-made ambulances, equipped with a stretcher, an oxygen cylinder and an emergency medical box, can serve as mobile hospitals to manage emergency care, and are capable of running on a rough road, transporting Covid-19 and other patients to hospitals even in a mountainous area in Nepal, Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement.

Japan has donated medical equipment including high-concentration oxygen generators to hospitals throughout Nepal and advanced medical care equipment such as MRI machines to eight public advanced hospitals to strengthen the health sector of the country.

Likewise, 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were provided in August, and Cold Chain assistance for the last one-mile distribution of vaccine is coming. Japan has been implementing comprehensive support to the health sector of Nepal, and the donation of six ambulances is a part of such multi-layered cooperation.

We hope that this support for the Nepali health sector can save more lives and also contribute to improving health and medical services in Nepal, reads the statement.