China donating 20,000 oxygen cylinders to help Nepal fight against Covid-19

File: Medical oxygen cylinders

Kathmandu, May 6

As a critical shortage of medical oxygen due to the lack of sufficient cylinders is feared in Nepal due to the surging number of Covid-19 cases across the country, China is donating 20,000 oxygen cylinders.

Of that, the first lot will arrive within the next one week, according to a plan made public by the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

However, it is not yet certain how many cylinders are there in the first lot.

The Office of the Prime Minister has assigned the ministries of finance and foreign affairs to make preparations to import the cylinders whereas the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has been asked to coordinate.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to import medical oxygen from India also, it has been learned, although India itself is struggling hard to manage the needful life-saving gas for its citizens.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister has also finalised a plan, according to which it will confiscate oxygen cylinders being used in the industrial sector and distribute them among the hospitals.

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