Australia's Ambassador to Nepal Felicity Volk provided medical equipment worth Rs 4.2 million to the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital, at Bir Hospital under the National Academy of Medical Sciences today. The equipment, including Intensive Care Unit beds and equipment, will be used to establish an emergency ward in the COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Ambassador Volk said, "As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues in Nepal, the Australian Government is committed to supporting health security under our COVID-19 Development Response Plan. The plan focuses on providing assistance for the most vulnerable. With Nepal responding to multiple challenges simultaneously, the needs of marginalised communities are more evident than ever."

"Australia's contribution of equipment through the Lutheran World Federation Nepal will strengthen Nepal's health system and serve as a reminder of the close friendship of over six decades, throughout which Nepal and Australia have supported each other."

The handover ceremony included Vice-chancellor of NAMS, Professor Dr Dev Narayan Shah, Acting Chief Executive Officer of COVID-19 Unified Central Hospital Professor Dr Bhupendra Kumar Basnet, and LWF Nepal Country Director Dr Bijaya Bajracharya.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.