KOICA Global Doctor Byungcheol Kim, who had been working as a volunteer in Nepal Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital, supported medical equipment as well as safety items worth USD 5,000 to Nepal-Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital for COVID Response programme.

The handover was completed on 30 May 2021 in the presence of Mayor Madan Sundar Shrestha and other related officials of the municipality and the hospital. The main objective of this programme is to support the COVID response programme through medical equipment and safety items to increase the health services/ facility of the hospital.

Dr Kim believes that the support will contribute in strengthening the capacity of the hospital to deal with the second wave of COVID-19. In addition to this, KOICA support is expected to upgrade the hospital's performance and improve service delivery to patients.

The supported items are one oxygen concentrator, 230 sets PPE, 10,000 units disposable head cover, 84 boxes examination gloves, and 5,000 units of disposable mask.

He has been partnering with the Nepal-Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital since 2017. Since then he has been actively working in this hospital.

He has already supported some projects for this hospital.

Madhyapur Thimi Municipality as well as Nepal-Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital appreciated the work done by Dr Kim.

KOV programme is one of KOICA's most important development cooperation programmes. which has been implemented since 1991, with this programme, KOICA aims to contribute to socioeconomic development of partner countries at the grassroots level.

KOICA dispatches Korean national volunteers to government organisations as per the need and request.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.