Gorkha Brewery hands over medical support worth Rs 200 mln to Nepal govt

Gorkha Brewery hands over medical aid to support the government’s Covid-19 prevention and control plan to Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi, in Kathmandu on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Photo: Gorkha Brewery

Kathmandu, May 23

Gorkha Brewery, in partnership with Singapore-based entities Temasek Foundation and Lotus Life Foundation, has handed over Covid-19 testing and treatment medical equipment worth Rs 200 million in total to the government on Sunday.

The brewery says the aid includes equipment like ventilators, BiPAP machines, pulse oximeters, fortitude kit amongst others.

The equipment arrived from Singapore on Saturday and was handed over to the Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi by Surendra Silwal, the company’s deputy managing director.

It includes more than 123,000 Fortitude 3.0 PCR tests designed by Singapore’s Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A* Star), 5000 boxes of Citotest swab kits (2,50,000 kits), 2 Magec32 RNA extraction machines, 2500 extraction kits and reagents, 30 Alpha tele-ventilators, 6 Philips Trilogy Evo Ventilators, 50 Yuwell Bi-PAP non-invasive ventilators and 4000 pulse oximeters.

A second cargo of additional medical supplies is expected to arrive from Singapore to Nepal in the coming weeks.

The Singapore-based Temasek Foundation had previously provided Fortitude 2.0 PCR Covid-19 diagnostic test kits and oxygen concentrators to the ministry in 2020.

Health Minister Tripathi expressed his appreciation regarding the donation made by Temasek Foundation, Lotus Life Foundation and Gorkha Brewery, Pvt. Ltd.

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