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Germany extends medical aid to Nepal including ventilators

German Ambassador to Nepal, Roland Schafer, hands over medical equipment to Nepal’s Health Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang, to support the country in the Covid-19 response, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Kathmandu, June 8

Germany has extended medical aid to Nepal to support the country in its battle against the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The German government offered the support in response to a request made by the Nepal government, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

German Ambassador to Nepal Roland Schafer handed over the aid to Health Minister Sher Bahadur Tamang at a brief ceremony held at the Tribhuvan International Airport this morning.

The German cooperation, being received under the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, contains 62 ventilators, 27,500 FFP2 masks, 30,000 surgical masks, 100 gumboots, 200 body bags, five isolation centre tents, and 25,000 litres of disinfectant. Some of the items will be shipped later, according to the ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister conveyed gratitude to Germany for the support. Hailing the German medical cooperation as a gesture befitting the longstanding Nepal-Germany friendship, the minister stated that the materials would be critical in containing the surge of Covid-19 cases and treatment of the affected people.

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