On July 18, 2021, Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over 150 ICU beds to Minister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Population.
This is part of India’s commitment to working with Nepal on COVID 19.
During the handover ceremony, the Indian Ambassador reaffirmed India’s commitment to assisting Nepal in comprehensively managing the pandemic, including through cooperation on the country’s critical health infrastructure.
Minister Karki praised the gesture from the Government of India, saying it is a significant milestone in our fight against Covid-19 and demonstrates the incredible goodwill shared by both countries.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, India has provided approximately US $ 6.5 million in grant assistance to Nepal, including the supply of essential medicines, RT-PCR tests, ventilators, and essential medicines, among other things. Nepal was among the first countries to receive 1 million doses of Covishield vaccines as a grant from India in January 2021. In addition, the Indian Army has provided the Nepal Army with 1 lakh doses of vaccines as a grant, as well as medical supplies such as BIPAP machines, antigen kits, PPE, Masks, Ambulances, and ICU beds.
In the health sector, India and Nepal have a strong partnership that includes the supply of ambulances, regular training and capacity building programs in the health sector, and the development of health infrastructure such as major hospitals, trauma and maternity centers, naturopathy centers, eye care centers, and so on.