KATHMANDU, May 22: In response to the request of the Government of Nepal in the context of the recent surge in COVI-19 cases, the Government of the United States of America has sent a cargo aircraft containing important medical supplies.
The support materials – first of the three chartered aircraft arriving within the next two days – were received by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Dr Jageshwar Gautam from the officials of the Embassy of the United States of America and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon.
The medical support includes surgical masks, face shields, and gloves. This is in addition to the earlier support received from USAID including 100 units of ventilators, COVID-19 testing facilities and equipment, oxygen-related materials, personal protection equipment (PPEs) and other lifesaving medical supplies. USAID is scheduled to hand over 1,000 oxygen cylinders to the Ministry of Health and Population tomorrow. The much-needed medical support has been instrumental in saving lives and complementing the national initiatives for treatment, prevention and control of COVID-19
Nepal expressed its gratitude to the US government and people for the solidarity they extended to the people of Nepal, reflecting the longstanding bilateral relations marked by friendship and cooperation. “The effort made by the United States Embassy and USAID in Kathmandu for the timely delivery of the support materials has been acknowledged with appreciation,” reads a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.