KATHMANDU, MAY 25
The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has decided to set up oxygen plants in all seven provinces of the country.
The meeting of NRNA chaired by its President Kumar Panta decided towards this end as there has been raging cases of COVID-19 in the country and more and more fatalities have been reported among the patients lately.
The NRNA will appeal with the concerned international communities to assist Nepal as vaccination was the last alternative to control the COVID-19 infection, the meeting decided.
NRNA will coordinate an effort with the UN agencies for the same.
The NRNA has requested the government to prioritize Nepalis when it comes to facilitating passengers of different nationalities to travel to their respective destinations or to come back to Nepal as chartered flights have been operated to fly stranded citizens to their respected countries.
The NRNA has also urged the government to do away with the wasteful and complex provisions of obtaining a permit from the Nepali diplomatic missions to return home from abroad.
Likewise, the meeting convened last Sunday has urged the government to address their demand regarding dual citizenship identity card for the Non-Resident Nepalis that the NRNA long has been advocating. The newly issued ordinance of the citizenship identity card is silent on the part of granting dual citizenship identity card to the Nepalis settled abroad.
Similarly, 41 Nepalis abroad have lost their lives to COVID-19 in various countries across the world in the last two weeks, according to the NRNA.
The umbrella organization of the Nepalis abroad stated that 29 people succumbed to the flu-like infection in India, eight in Qatar, one each in France, Maldives and Belgium.
Over 100,000 Nepalis living in 54 countries were reported to have contracted the deadly infection.
Among them, 99,257 were reported to have enjoyed full recovery. The COVID-19 fatalities among the Nepalis abroad till date stands at 423, according to the NRNA.
Those fatalities were reported from 28 countries.