KATHMANDU: The COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital, at the Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), has received medical equipment worth Rs 4.2 million from the government of Australia.
Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal Felicity Volk handed over the equipment, including Intensive Care Unit beds and tools, to be used to establish an emergency ward in the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Australia.
Addressing the handover ceremony, Ambassador Volk said the Australian Government is committed to supporting health security under our COVID-19 Development Response Plan, which focuses on providing assistance for the most vulnerable. In May this year, the Australian Government provided 7 million Australian Dollars to NGOs, including the Lutheran World Federation Nepal (LWF Nepal), to boost Nepal’s ability to address COVID-19, including through the procurement of essential equipment and health supplies for hospitals and personal protective equipment for health workers.
Vice Chancellor of NAMS Professor Dr Dev Narayan Shah, Acting Chief Executive Officer of COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital Professor Dr Bhupendra Kumar Basnet, and LWF Nepal Country Director Dr Bijaya Bajracharya were present on the occasion.