Kathmandu, 09 August 2020 | Ten ICU ventilators were gifted by the Indian Army to the Nepali Army in order to support its efforts to fight against the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. H.E. Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to Nepal, presented the ventilators to Sukeertimaya Rastradeep General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of Army Staff, Nepali Army and Honorary General of Indian Army in a ceremony held at Nepali Army Headquarters.
These ventilators are designed for a broad range of applications to include advanced invasive or non-invasive respiratory support. They can be used in support of secondary care in hospitals with ICU, tertiary multispecialty hospitals, and dedicated ICUs. Further, due to their compact nature, they are portable and handy in the transportation of patients requiring intensive care.
The Indian army has a long record of extending support to the Nepali Army as a first responder for humanitarian assistance and relief. The gifting of ventilators is part of this continued humanitarian cooperation between the two Armies.
During the handing over, Ambassador Kwatra reaffirmed India’s commitment to providing all necessary help to the people of Nepal in prevailing over the pandemic.