EU Representatives handing over health supplies to Ministry of Health officials. (Photo: EU Delegation in Kathmandu)
KATHMANDU: A consignment of medical equipment and supplies from Lithuania to support Nepal fight the COVID pandemic was handed over today to the Ministry of Health and Population.
The consignment was dispatched through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, according to a statement issued by the EU Delegation in Nepal.
The support of the 13 EU Member States that have extended medical support to Nepal including Lithuania in the recent months is around Euro 12 Million (NPR 1.7 billion), it said.
Lithuania is one among the 13 EU Member States — Spain, Finland, France, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Hungary responding to Nepal’s call for assistance.
Nepal had appealed to the international community for support of medical equipment and supplies to fight a severe outbreak of Coronavirus on 10 May.
The medical supplies contributed by Lithuania include 5 breathing machines (mechanical ventilators) and 20 oxygen inhalers from the state reserve, which is administered by the Ministry of Health of Lithuania.
The total value of the humanitarian aid provided to Nepal amounts to almost Euro 50,000 (NPR 7.08 million), the statement said.
“Lithuania stands with the people of Nepal through these testing times. Solidarity and joint efforts are crucial in the fight against the pandemic,” said Ambassador of Lithuania to Nepal, Julius Pranevičius.
Representative of the Honorary Consul to Lithuania, joined by charge d’affaires and Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nepal, Stephane Maicon handed over the equipment to Deependra Raman Singh, Chief Specialist at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) at a program organized at the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
“The European Union and its Member States have shown that they are indeed a very close friend of Nepal through the donation of life saving medical equipment and supplies during times of dire need,” Stephane Maicon, charge d’affaires & Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nepal said.
“We will continue to step up efforts to assist Nepal and its citizens in the days ahead enabling them to be healthier and safer,” Maicon added.
Alongside other donors, the EU has been monitoring the distribution and the use of the supplies across the country.
The recording of the quantity of supplies entering the country and quantities moving out from the Humanitarian Staging Areas in Sinamangal, is done in the eLogistic Management Information System (eLIMS) of the MoHP.