Kathmandu, May 20
COVID Alliance for Nepal UK, a group of UK-based individuals and organisations, have asked the UK government to help Nepal tackle the second wave of Covid-19 that has recently hit the country.
“Acting now will make the difference of life or death for thousands of people. Nepal is one of Britain’s oldest friends in the world, a friendship represented by generations of Gurkha soldiers and mountaineers,” the statement reads.
They have called on the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to send critical medical supplies including oxygen plants and equipment to Nepal as soon as it can as it is expected that the active cases in Nepal will reach 800,000 by mid-July.
The group includes leading figures including Joanna Lumley, Sir Michael Palin, Alan Hinks, Andrew Hall Ben Fogel, Ed Douglas, Kenton Cool, Lisa Choegyal, Nirmal Purja Magar (Nimsdai) among others.
Included the names above there are 56 leading UK figures including writers, actors, mountaineers and soldiers who signed the open letter calling on the British government to act now.
“The Covid situation in Nepal is extremely serious and the UK can help by sending oxygen and vaccines etc now. The UK and Nepal have a special relationship and Nepal needs our help,” said Alan Hinkes as he signed the letter.
The letter/petition is on Change.org and is looking for 7,500 signatures. Click here to sign.