Kathmandu, 6 October 2020 – As Nepal records surge of coronavirus cases across the country, humanitarian agency World Vision International (WVI) Nepal supported more than 1200 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to government hospitals and administrations handling COVID-19 cases in Kathmandu, Udayapur, Mahottari and Rautahat districts on 4-6 October 2020. 300 sets of PPE were handed over to Bir Hospital, 150 to Patan Hospital and 150 to COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) of Birendra Sainik Hospital in Kathmandu. Likewise, 152, 60 and 60 sets handed over to the District Coordination Committees of Udayapur, Mahottari and Rautahat respectively. Supported with the aim to strengthen government health systems to combat COVID-19, each PPE set comprised 12 different protective apparatus including hand sanitiser. Additional 369 PPE will be supplied to the DCCs of Kailali, Doti, Achham and Sarlahi this week. Distributions are done in close coordination with the District Health Office and DCC to meet increasing needs of PPE among health workers.
National Director of WVI Nepal Janes Ginting highlights, “As an active partner, we are supporting the Government of Nepal (GoN) to contain COVID-19 through different means since April this year. Government health systems are overwhelmed due to rapid increase in coronavirus patients. This equipment will definitely help to meet the urgent needs at government health facilities and administrations as situation continues to change.”
The PPE distribution follows the 90-day COVID-19 Emergency Response project that reached 105,000 children, 71,000 adults and 139,000 households across 15 districts (Bajhang, Achham, Doti, Kailali, Jumla, Lamjung, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Sindhuli, Udayapur, Rautahat, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Sunsari and Morang). Back in April 2020, when coronavirus cases started increasing in Nepal, World Vision had supported 1,000 PPE including 130 Infrared Thermoters to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) considering the immediate need of the government to prevent spread of COVID-19.
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Communications Manager (Interim), World Vision International Nepal
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World Vision International (WVI) Nepal is a part of the World Vision International global partnership operating in more than 100 countries. WVI started its long-term development programme in Nepal since 2001 to contribute for well-being of children. At present, WVI Nepal has long-term development programmes in Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Rautahat, Sindhuli, Kathmandu, Lamjung, Lalitpur, Jumla, Kailali, Achham, Doti and Bajhang across six provinces of Nepal.