Japan provides 160 oxygen generators for hospitals as part of its COVID-19 assistance

Published On: June 3, 2021 07:53 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU,  June 3: Japan has provided 160 oxygen generators to Nepal in order to help tackle COVID-19. This essential medical equipment will be delivered to 58 hospitals around the country, according to the Embassy of Japan in Nepal.

After handing over the equipment to Nepal, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Kikuta Yutaka said, “Dear Nepali friends, longawaited oxygen generators have finally arrived. These high-tech equipment can “generate”concentrated oxygen without oxygen cylinders, so hospitals can supply oxygen to patients immediately," he said. 

Although they are not ventilators in ICUs, according to medical experts, they are quite useful for the certain level COVID-19 patients. "We shall tackle the COVID-19 pandemic together, and overcome the difficult situation for all,” he further said.

The Government of Japan is supporting Nepal to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by providing medical equipment under the Japanese Grant Aid. So far, 25 blood gas analyzers and 25 portable ultrasound image diagnostic systems have been installed and used at many hospitals across the country. 

In addition to them, Japan is also providing six Made-in-Japan Ambulances in October to mitigate the shortage of ambulances in this pandemic. These equipped ambulances will serve as mobile hospitals to manage emergency care, said a statement issued by the Embassy.

The Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu said it hopes that this assistance for hospitals will save the lives of many Nepali people who are suffering from COVID-19. "We hope it will also ease the difficulties of medical professionals who work for them around-a-clock," added the statement.

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