The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided additional lifesaving supplies to Nepal’s Covid-19 pandemic response.
On Monday, UNFPA Deputy Representative Dr Hashina Begum presented Dr. Bhim Singh Tinkari, Director of Management Division under the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), with oxygen cylinders valued Rs 11.9 million (equal to USD 100,000).
Nepal is experiencing a catastrophic oxygen shortage as it fights the second wave of COVID-19. The pandemic has put a huge strain on health-care facilities all around the country.
“Oxygen supplies are needed both to respond to the current catastrophe and to prepare for a possible third wave. Dr. Tinkari stated, “This support from the Chinese government and UNFPA will help boost access to health facilities with operational oxygen supplies.” “In our combined COVID-19 response efforts, we value our relationship with international development partners.”
According to the press release, the pandemic has taken a toll on vulnerable populations, especially women of reproductive age who face greater challenges to obtaining maternal health and family planning services, resulting in an increase in home deliveries.
“While we provide critical support to the COVID-19 response efforts, we must also ensure the continuity of reproductive health services, including a consistent supply of contraceptives and essential reproductive health commodities, to mitigate the impact of the unprecedented pandemic on women and girls,” said Lubna Baqi, UNFPA Representative in Nepal.
According to the news release, UNFPA is working with federal, provincial, and local governments, as well as partners, to ensure that the distinctive and unique needs of women and girls of reproductive age are met. “We are grateful to the Chinese government for their prompt assistance under the maternal health programme in giving oxygen cylinders to save lives at this vital time,” Baqi said.