KATHMANDU, Oct 11: The Government of Japan handed over medical equipment for surgical eye camps to Himalaya Eye Hospital (HEH) in Pokhara Metropolitan City, Kaski District, amidst a ceremony today. Under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan, the project to install medical equipment for surgical eye camps organized by HEH was supported with USD 60,289 (approximately NPR 7.6 million).

KATHMANDU, August 21: The Government of Japan handed over medical equipment to Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital (SKMH) in Shankharapur Municipality, Kathmandu District amid a special program on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16:  Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Kikuta Yutaka signed a grant contract with Dr. Chairman of Kathmandu Cancer Center Anjani Kumar Jha for installing medical equipment at the Center located in Bhaktapur District.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Nepal Police arrested operators of two pharmacies from Hetauda on the charge of taking high prices for facemasks.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The Covid-19 medical equipment support pledged earlier by the British Army to the Nepali Army has arrived in Kathmandu. The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu on Monday with a medical equipment package.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk provided medical equipment worth Rs 4.2 million to the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital at Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS).

KATHMANDU, July 7: Ambassador of Australia to Nepal Felicity Volk on Tuesday handed over medical equipment worth AUD 45,450 (approximately NPR 41 lakh) to Professor Dr Dibya Singh Shah, Dean of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH)  and Dr Samarika Dahal at the Forensic Department of TUTH.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide additional Rs 81 million for 12 hospitals to install oxygen plants, oxygen tanks, HDU connection and purchase of PCR machines.

KATHMANDU, May 11: With the government authorities failing to conduct effective market monitoring, the black market of safety medical accessories such as disposable face masks and oximeters are found to be rampant.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The government blacklisted Omni Business Corporate International (OBCI), which was involved in a controversial procurement deal of medical supplies, for one year.

KATHMANDU, April 24: A shipment of medical equipment arrives. A jet aircraft of Shree Airlines carrying a shipment of essential medical items from Singapore landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

UDAYAPUR, April 22: There is a shortage of medical equipment to expand  coronavirus testing in Bhulke and Triyuga of Triyuga Municipality-3 in Udayapur district.

KATHMANDU, April 13: In the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the country, Nepal government has expressed its interest to sign government to government (G2G) deal with northern neighbor China for the purchase of essential medicines and equipment.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The SAARC member states that contributed to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund of the regional block have reached an understanding to mobilize the amount to supply medicines, medical equipment and other logistics available in their respective countries if any of the member states makes request for these medical supplies.

KATHMANDU, April 6: After cancelling the previous deal with the controversial Omni Group, the government has initiated the process of a commercial demand with the Chinese government to procure necessary medical equipment and other logistics through the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.

KATHMANDU, April 5: Making mockery of his commitment to 'zero tolerance against corruption and leading the country toward prosperity', Prime Minister KP Oli's key confidants in the cabinet have landed into serious controversies of financial irregularities one after another.

KATHMANDU, April 5: The government has further tightened the measures against coronavirus as the crisis entered the second phase with the confirmation of the first locally transmitted case in Kailali district on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, April 4: After International Non-Government Organizations (INGOs) working in Nepal snubbed a call for financial contributions to its COVID-19 pandemic response fund, the government has decided to allow them to distribute relief materials or medical equipment directly-- a move that goes against its own earlier decision.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba has demanded a fair probe into alleged irregularities in the procurement of medical equipment to contain the novel coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, April 3: Following allegation of irregularities in procurement of medical kits from China through a private company, the government has decided to entrust the Nepal Army for the supply of essential medical equipment at a time when the country is facing threat from the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Amid widespread criticism, the Ministry of Health and Population has scrapped a controversial procurement deal that it had signed with the Omni Group for supplying essential medical equipment needed for containing any spread of the COVID-19 in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The government has scrapped a controversial procurement deal with Omni Group which was awarded to bring medical equipment from China to contain novel coronavirus, a senior government official said here.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The Omni Group which was awarded the contract to supply various medical equipment and logistics to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the government at exorbitantly higher prices is found to have been involved in similar controversial procurement deals with the Election Commission (EC) when the Group supplied faulty printing machines to the EC at higher prices.

Smells fishy

March 30, 2020 10:04 am

Every country around the world is struggling to provide medical tools to health professionals to treat patients infected with the coronavirus.  Every country has faced an acute shortage of masks, hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment (PPE) among other items because no country is in a position to export these vital materials to other countries because every country is in the same situation of crisis. China, to our relief and to the relief of most countries in the world, has been an exception. After emerging from nearly two months' struggle against the Covid-19 which killed over 3,000 people, the Chinese government and various Chinese companies have sped up the production of test kits, PPEs, and other necessary tools and they have been sending them to countries from Italy to Ireland to Africa.  The government of China has pledged to assist Nepal in its fight against Covid-19. This is a great gesture in these moments of a great global crisis.

KATHMANDU, March 29: As an effort to reaching to the persons who are in close contact to the reportedly cases of COVID-19, the government has begun a search for such persons.

KATHMANDU, March 29: It has been revealed that the medical equipment and other logistics that the government has procured from China for the treatment of coronavirus-infected patients have been purchased at exorbitantly high prices, raising serious concerns over massive financial irregularities in the deal.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Nepal Airlines' Airbus 330 carrying medical items has landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu today morning.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Nepal Airlines’ RA 4171 aircraft has left for Guangzhou, China to bring necessary medical equipment at 12:31 pm on Saturday.

BANEPA, August 8: Australian Embassy has provided medical equipment worth Rs 3.850 million to Reiyukai Eiko Masunga Eye Hospital at Banepal municipality-6.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: The government of Japan has provided medical equipment to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).