India palms over 150 ICU beds to Nepal authorities amid COVID-19 pandemic

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KATHMANDU: India on Sunday handed over 150 ICU (intensive care unit) beds to the Nepal authorities as a gesture of solidarity and shut cooperation with the Himalayan nation in its combat towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

The medical beds have been handed over by Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra to Nepal Minister for Regulation Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki at a ceremony organised right here.

On the handing over occasion, Kwatra reiterated India’s dedication to help Nepal in comprehensively managing the pandemic, together with by way of cooperation on the essential well being infrastructure of the nation. In response to an official launch, minister Karki appreciated the gesture and mentioned it was an essential milestone, exhibiting “unbelievable goodwill loved by each the nations”.

Because the begin of the pandemic, India has offered round USD 6.5 million price of grant help to Nepal, by way of provide of important medicines, RT-PCR exams, ventilators, and important medicines. Nepal was one of many first nations to obtain 1 million doses of Covishield vaccines from India in January 2021 as grant.

Apart from this, the Indian Military has additionally provided 1 lakh doses of vaccines to the Nepal Military as grant and medical provides together with BIPAP machines, antigen kits, PPE, Masks, Ambulances and ICU beds. The coronavirus has thus far killed 9,550 folks, together with 667,109 confirmed circumstances in Nepal, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College.

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