Nepal | June 07, 2020

Shortage of essentials worries ICRC, donors

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, November 10

International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners in Nepal today said they are concerned about the difficulties faced by earthquake survivors and other vulnerable people in all parts of Nepal.

The effects of the slow recovery process, shortage of basic commodities and continued unrest in the Tarai are being felt across the country, including by the Red Cross, whose activities have been impacted as a result.

“We had to defer vehicle movements, such as field visits, that were required to help with the additional seasonal support necessary as winter takes a further toll on the earthquake survivors. We also have difficulties in organising blood collection camps.

We regret the blood shortage in some of the blood transfusion centres and the unavailability of ambulance services in some areas,” said Dev Ratna Dhakwa, Secretary General of the Nepal Red Cross Society.

With the arrival of winter, the Red Cross is particularly worried about the situation of the people whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake and are still waiting for recovery and reconstruction efforts to take pace.

The prolonged tense situation in the Tarai is impacting the supply of medicines and access to health care in some districts and remote areas.

In addition, continued attacks against ambulances is another cause of grave concern.

The Red Cross calls for all concerned parties to take immediate action to ensure that the people of Nepal receive the support they need in a timely and efficient manner, said a joint statement by Nepal Red Cross Society, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and International Committee of the Red Cross.


A version of this article appears in print on November 11, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Two more COVID-19 related deaths recorded; death-toll reaches 13

KATHMANDU: Nepal has recorded two more coronavirus related deaths, on Saturday, which has taken the nationwide COVID-19 death toll to 13. The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed the fatalities in its regular media briefing this afternoon. Among the deceased are a 58-year-old man from D Read More...

Lockdown does not quell artists’ creativity

KATHMANDU Creativity is an ever-flowing river, and for artists in Nepal, channelling creativity to create works of art during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak has become a way to stay productive and find creative solace. Artist Sundar Lama who shares that a serene environment is Read More...

Health Ministry reports 323 new coronavirus cases taking total count to 3,235

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Saturday, taking Nepal’s tally to 3,235. Of the newly infected, 286 are males and 37 are females. In total, 3,003 males and 232 females have been recorded to have contracted the disease, Read More...

14 health facilities in Bajura receive medical supplies

BAJURA: As many as fourteen health facilities in Bajura district have been handed over medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Ipas Nepal, a non-government organisation, in collaboration with PeaceWin Bajura has handed over 21 types of medical supplies in a bid to provide financial and te Read More...

Five new COVID-19 cases detected in Kathmandu valley

KATHMANDU: Five new cases of the coronavirus infection have been detected in Kathmandu valley, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), on Saturday. The cases were confirmed through RT-PCR tests conducted at the Teku-based National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL). Among those in Read More...

VIDEO: Nepal’s coronavirus case tally jumps to 3,235; death-toll reaches 13

KATHMANDU: The Health Ministry, on Saturday, confirmed that 323 new cases of coronavirus infection have been added to the official records, taking Nepal’s tally to 3,235. Meanwhile, two more coronavirus related deaths were recorded which has taken the national COVID-19 death toll to 13. READ HE Read More...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 6.77 million, death toll over 395,000

At least 6,773,308 people have been reported infected with the novel coronavirus globally and 395,053 have died, a Reuters tally shows. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. DEATHS AND INF Read More...