Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi said that China is trying best to coordinate some medical materials to help Nepal. In her tweet, ambassador says,” We are praying for Nepal and trying our best to coordinate some medical materials to help our Nepali friends. You will never be alone!”
Her remarks came just a day after the Ministry of Health and Population through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought a large number of protective gear and medical equipment from India and China to combat Covid-19.
According to a news item published in The Kathmandu Post, the government has requested the Chinese government for 50,000 Level 1 PPEs; 100,000 Level 2 PPEs; 10,000 Level 3 PPEs; 7,000 PCR test kits; 100,000 extraction kits; 100,000 viral transport medium kits, 150,000 N95 masks; 10,000 infrared thermometers; 20 portable PCR test kits; 100 portable ventilators; 10 mobile ambulances equipped with labs; and 5 mobile ambulances with medical facilities.
The daily reports that Nepal has also asked China to provide 60,000 portable PCR reagents; 20 ABG machine; 5 oxygen plants; 2,000 incubation sets; 20 autoclave machines, 20 CRRTs; 10,000 thermometers; and 200,000 surgical gloves.
Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Lekhraj Bhatta told committee of House Of Representative on Sunday that Nepal will be following the Chinese model to combat the possible outbreak of Covid-19.
“We are planning to use the hospitals of security forces to treat Covid-19 patients. The Armed Police Hospital, Nepal Army and others will be used. In provinces, too, apart from the government hospitals, we will use the hospitals and other facilities being used by the security forces,” he said while referring to the Chinese model.
Bhatta added that the government was also planning to request Chinese doctors to train health professionals and security personnel in case of an outbreak.