Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Kathmandu has received medical equipment from Australia. On Tuesday, medical equipment worth AUD 45,450 (about Rs 4.1 million) was delivered.
The medical equipment was given over by Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk, to the Dean of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), TUTH Professor Dr Dibya Singh Shah, and Dr Samarika Dahal at the TUTH Forensic Department.
According to a statement issued by the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, the equipment – an ultrasound machine and a portable dental x-ray machine – was provided through the Australia Awards Alumni Grants Program to support the work of two Australian university alumni – Professor Dr Shah and Dr Dahal.
The x-ray machine will be used in forensic odontology services in Nepal, as well as the Forensic Department of TUTH’s disaster victim identification services.
Dr. Dahal is a pioneer in the field of forensic odontology, and she was awarded the alumni grant for her strong dedication to advocating for better health care in Nepal, as well as her active participation in the Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network (WIL) in Nepal. Professor Dr Shah, Dean, IOM, will receive the ultrasound machine as an alumni grant in appreciation of her contributions in the field of nephrology and transplant services in Nepal.
Ambassador Volk stated at the time that the Australian government is committed to supporting health security in Nepal as part of the COVID-19 Development Response Plan.
“I hope that the equipment donated through the Australia Awards Alumni grant program will help Nepal’s health system and serve as a reminder of the friendship that has existed between Nepal and Australia for many decades,” Ambassador Volk stated.