Save the Children, Central and Sudurpaschim Field Office, handed over health materials worth over Rs one crore to Karnali Province government in Surkhet, yesterday.

Save the Children Media and Communication Coordinator Rachana Shrestha said the health materials were handed over to the government to control COVID infection. She added that two ventilators, 3,474 PPE sets, eight oxygen concentrators, among other health materials, were provided to the government. The health materials were handed over to Social Development Minister Yagya Bahadur Budha Chhetry. He said the health materials would be used on priority basis of the province hospital.

Speaking at the programme, Minister Budha Chhetry said that efforts of Save the Children was praiseworthy during the pandemic. Save the Children has been helping children in sectors such as education, health, protection, and physical infrastructure construction.

The help from Save the Children will definitely help fight the pandemic. Budha Chhetry added that the same coordination and support would be expected in the future too. Many people lost their lives due to lack of ventilators and ICU.

Associate Director Dhan Bhusal of Save the Children said the ventilators would be used, especially for women, children and the people from backward community.

He said that Save the Children has helped various health facilities with health materials worth over Rs three crore.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 19 2021, of The Himalayan Times.