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Nov 25, 2021

Australian Ambassador Volk hands over medical equipment to Bir Hospital

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Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Ms. Felicity Volk taking stock of various information after handing over medical equipment to the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital at the Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Thursday. Embassy Photo
Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Ms. Felicity Volk taking stock of various information after handing over medical equipment to the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital at the Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Thursday. Embassy Photo

Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Ms. Felicity Volk handed over medical equipment worth NPR 4.2 million today to the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital amidst a function at the Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS).

The equipment, including Intensive Care Unit beds and equipment, will be used to establish an emergency ward in the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital, according to the press release of the Embassy of the Australia in Nepal.

Speaking at the ceremony, Aussie Ambassador Volk said, “As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues in Nepal, the Australian Government is committed to supporting health security under our COVID-19 Development Response Plan.”

“The plan focuses on providing assistance for the most vulnerable. With Nepal responding to multiple challenges simultaneously, the needs of marginalised communities are more evident than ever,” she said.

“Australia’s contribution of equipment through the Lutheran World Federation Nepal will strengthen Nepal’s health system and serves as a reminder of a close friendship over six decades, throughout which Nepal and Australia have supported each other,” added the Ambassador Volk.

In May this year, the Australian Government provided AUD 7 million 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.

The handover ceremony included 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, it added.