FAIRMED supports AIN for medical assistance package to Ministry of Health

Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN), in collaboration with Social Welfare Council (SWC), hands over medical supplies to the Ministry of Health

FAIRMED Nepal was among 13 organizations that were part of a joint procurement initiation led by AIN. The Association in collaboration with SWC symbolically handed over medical equipment worth NPR 98,026,659.53 to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The handing over of the medical supplies took place at the premises of MoHP on Wednesday, June 23. Member Secretary of SWC Puskhar Khati and AIN chairperson Dr Sushil Koirala handed over the assistance to Chief Specialist at the Ministry of Health, Dr Roshan Pokhrel. Key government delegates, AIN members and Secretariat staff, representatives from the various contributing INGOs, and mediapersons were also in attendence.

Among the items included in the medical assistance package were oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, hand-held and spot-check oximeters, high-flow nasal cannula, BiPAP, CPAP, ICU beds with mattresses, Venturi face-masks, reservoir bag masks, antigen kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) sets, which included surgical masks, gloves, disposable gloves, surgical gloves, N95 masks, full PPE set, reusable gown, disposable gown, hand sanitizers, face shields, safety goggles, heavy duty gloves, shoe covers, surgical caps, gumboots, hospital beds with mattresses, body bags, thermometers, Ambu bags, nebulizers, handwashing liquid, and home isolation kit set.

In addition to these, primary medicines, supplements, essential food and ration were also handed over. The assistance was initiated by AIN to cater to the needs of hospitals and frontline health workers.

The Association had called its members to contribute to the initiative. Along with FAIRMED, ActionAid, CARE Nepal, CRS, GNHA, Lutheran World Federation, Marie Stopes Nepal, One Heart Worldwide, Plan International, Practical Action, PSI Nepal, UMN, Welt Hunger Hilfe made the financial contributions for the purchase of the medical equipment.