India hands over 150 ICU beds to Nepal as part of ongoing Covid-19 assistance
India has provided around US $ 6.5 million worth of grant assistance to Nepal
As part of its commitment to Covid-19 cooperation with its neighbour, India on Sunday handed over 150 ICU beds to Nepal.
The beds were handed over by Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra to Nepal’s Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki at a ceremony organized at the Ministry of Health & Population.
At the handing over ceremony, the Indian Ambassador reiterated India’s commitment to assist Nepal in comprehensively managing the pandemic, including through cooperation on the critical health infrastructure of the country.
According to a statement by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Minister Karki appreciated the gesture from Government of India. He added that it was an important milestone in the fight against Covid-19 and it shows the incredible goodwill enjoyed by both the countries.
Since the start of the pandemic, India has provided around US $ 6.5 million worth of grant assistance to Nepal, through supply of essential medicines, RT-PCR tests, ventilators, and essential medicines.
Nepal was one of the first countries to receive 1 million doses of Covishield vaccines from India in January this year as grant.
Besides this, the Indian Army has also supplied 1 lakh doses of vaccines to the Nepal Army as grant and medical supplies including BIPAP machines, antigen kits, PPE, Masks, Ambulances and ICU beds.
India and Nepal have a robust cooperation in the health sector, that includes supply of ambulances, regular training& capacity building programs in the health sector and development of health infrastructure including major hospitals, trauma & maternity centres, naturopathy centres, and eye care centres.