Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal Park Chong-suk today handed over 94 units of oxygen concentrators to the State Minister for Health and Population Umesh Shrestha.

Similarly, KOICA Alumni Association of Nepal donated three units of oxygen concentrator to Methinkot Hospital. The Republic of Korea provided oxygen concentrators worth $604,500 to Nepal via KOICA. The total units of oxygen concentrator stands at 378. The handover was carried out to support Nepal's COVID response through KOICA's development projects in Nepal, in addition to the donation from KOICA Alumni Association of Nepal.

The remaining 281 units of oxygen concentrators shall be handed over to Nepal by the end of September 2021, according to KOICA.

KOICA decided to provide oxygen concentrators on the request of the Ministry of Health and Population due to acute shortage of oxygen during the second wave of COVID-19 in Nepal. The capacity of high flow oxygen concentrator manufactured in the US is nine litres per minute.

Of the 378 oxygen concentrators, KOICA plans to provide 280 units to MoHP, three units to Methinkot Hospital through the KOI- CA Alumni Association of Nepal, 15 units to Nepal-Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital, 10 units to Trishuli Hospital, 25 units to Kathmandu University, 25 units to Dhulikhel Hospital, 15 units to Tikapur Hospital .and five units to Mugu Hospital.

At the handover ceremony, Ambassador Park said Korea had always considered Nepal as one of its close friends.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 1 2021, of The Himalayan Times.