Covid-19 Nepal: France sends medical equipment including masks and test kits

French Ambassador to Nepal Francois-Xavier Leger hands over to Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi medical equipment that France sent to Nepal, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, June 2

The French government has sent various medical equipment and supplies to the government of Nepal to support the country in battling the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

French Ambassador to Nepal Francois-Xavier Leger handed over to Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi the shipment containing 504,000 FFP2 masks, 20,225 antigen test kits, 12,000 protection glasses, and 14 respirators including consumables at a brief ceremony held at the Tribhuvan International Airport this morning, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

On the occasion, the minister thanked the government and the people of France for their generous support of life-saving materials, which would be helpful in containing the surge of Covid-19 cases and treatment of the affected people. He stated that the timely support from France was reflective of the longstanding Nepal-France friendship.

The ministry says the medical support received today is in response to the government’s request to France communicated at the bilateral level as well as through the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, for supporting Nepal with vaccines, medicines, equipment and supplies.

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