Kathmandu, April 20
As a part of the commitment to support the Government of Nepal in its efforts towards containing the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the United Nations Population Fund today handed over 1,200 personal protective equipment kits to the government.
The PPE kits were donated by the Government of China under the Nepal, China and UNFPA south-south partnership initiative. The kits worth Rs 30.48 million include surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, eye goggles, head and shoe covers, long-sleeve impervious gowns, disposable bags, and gumboots, the UN agency informs in a statement.
Receiving the PPE kits, the Director of the Management Division in the Department of Health Services, Bhogendra Dotel, said, “These PPE kits arrived in a timely manner and will greatly help in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank UNFPA and the Government of China.”
Likewise, UNFPA Country Representative for Nepal, Lubna Baqi, said, “With more people in need of testing and treatment amid the increasing number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, it is critical to protect the frontline health workers. Attention should be given to their work environment as well as their health and psychosocial needs at this time.”