KATHMANDU, April 22: The Indian government on Thursday gifted 39 ambulances and six school buses to various governmental and non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations working in the field of health and education.
According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, these organizations are spread across various districts of Nepal, including remote districts. “These were gifted as part of the long-standing tradition of the Embassy gifting ambulances and school buses to government and not-for-profit organizations every year to support grassroots medical access, and of ongoing celebration of India@75,” reads the statement.
Since 1994, the Embassy of India has gifted nearly 862 ambulances, including those gifted today. The embassy has this year gifted three different categories of ambulances - Advanced Life Support category, Basic Life Support and Common Life Support ambulances. All three categories are built as per the guidelines of the Government of Nepal, according to the statement.
The Embassy has so far gifted 166 school buses to schools across Nepal, including the six gifted today in various districts of Nepal. “Today’s gifting of ambulances and school buses is part of the Government of India’s continued support for the efforts of Nepal to strengthen health services, particularly emergency medical services and also facilitating students in easy physical access to their places of learning,” said the statement.