The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal (MoHP) has received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Reproductive Health kits in addition to other medical supplies through United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
As many as 6,048 sets of PPE, 50,000 pairs of examination gloves, 50,000 pieces of surgical masks, and 27 sets of Inter-Agency Reproductive Health (IARH) kits – which will augment government’s efforts to combat Covid-19 pandemic while ensuring continuity of essential reproductive health and gender-based violence response services – were handed over to the Ministry.
At an event organised on March 3 at the ministry, the supplies were handed over to MoHP Chief Specialist Dr. Roshan Pokhrel by UNFPA. Present on the occasion were senior government and other partners.
After receiving the kits, Dr. Pokhrel said, “We are committed to ensuring continuity of essential reproductive health services for vulnerable women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our concerted efforts have been to combat COVID-19 and much of our financial and human resources have been focused on this goal with very good results hence the support of our development partners at this critical time is very much appreciated as the needs are significant. We are grateful to the People’s Republic of China for their generous support and UNFPA for facilitating this contribution”.
The PPE, IARH kits and other supplies worth approximately Rs 30 million were procured by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with the financial support of the People’s Republic of China under the existing south-south partnership initiative between Nepal, China and UNFPA.
The IARH kits are comprised of essential drugs, supplies and equipment that enable service providers to ensure safe deliveries, manage obstetric complications as well as cases of sexual violence in health facilities.