Kathmandu, May 13
The European Union says it is mobilising Euro 2 million (equivalent to Rs 282 million) to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Nepal as the number of cases has skyrocketed in a country.
In a statement on Thursday, the EU Delegation to Nepal says the assistance will support monitoring of home-isolated cases through telehealth/telemedicine services and rapid referral to hospitals, national emergency medical teams deployment and international emergency medical teams mobilisation facilitation. Likewise, it will be used to procure Covid-19 equipment and supplies in Nepal.
Key equipment and supplies will include oxygen equipment including oxygen gas cylinders, oxygen concentrators, home care kits, diagnostics including antigen test kits, and personal protection equipment, according to the delegation.
The delegation says the assistance was made in response to Nepal’s call for international support to fight the crisis.
Meanwhile, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, says, “The Covid-19 surge in Nepal is claiming more lives every minute as it spreads across the country. We stand in full solidarity with Nepal in its fight against the pandemic.”