India boosts Nepal’s fight against COVID-19 with 2,000 vials of Remdesivir
Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum anti-viral medication which is used for treating moderate to severely ill patients on oxygen therapy
Continuing with the Indian government’s assistance to neighboring nations in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M Kwatra handed over 2,000 vials of Remdesivir to Nepalese Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday.
“Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon.@PradeepgyawaliK received gift of over 2000 sets of Remdesivir handed over by Ambassador of India H.E. Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra this afternoon. The consignment will be sent to the concerned Ministry,” Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter.
According to the Indian Embassy in Nepal, India had earlier extended support in the form of ICU ventilators on 9 August, COVID-19 Test Kits (RT-PCR) on 17 May and essential medicines including Paracetamol and Hydroxychloroquine on 22 April.
Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum anti-viral medication which is used for treating moderate to severely ill patients on oxygen therapy. Medical research shows that this drug is proven to significantly reduce the duration of hospital stay and also reduce the recovery time of patients.
In addition to providing material help, India has also been empowering health professionals and frontline workers in Nepal to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Eleven online courses on best practices in COVID-19 prevention and management were organised under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme between April and August.
Empowering health professionals and frontline workers in Nepal to fight COVID-19 pandemic. 11 online e-ITEC courses on best practices in COVID-19 Prevention, Management, experience organised from April to Aug, 2020. #ITEC56 @MEAIndia @ITECnetwork pic.twitter.com/Nb3lOXEfpo— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) September 15, 2020
ITEC is India’s flagship capacity building programme with over 160 countries since 1964 including Nepal
On Sunday, India had gifted a consignment of disaster relief material, such as plastic sheets and tents, to Nepal for flood and landslide victims. The material was handed over by India’s Deputy Chief of Mission Namgya C. Khampa.
DCM Ms. Namgya C. Khampa handed over a consignment of disaster relief material to Ms. Chanda Chaudhary, MP and President of NIWFS. The relief material includes tents and plastic sheets for distribution in disaster affected areas in five districts in Provinces 2, 3, 5 and 7. pic.twitter.com/OkyEJei523— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) September 13, 2020