The United Nations Population Fund provided 1,200 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to support the government’s efforts to prevent the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
The PPE kits were donated by the Government of China under the Nepal, China and UNFPA partnership initiative. The PPE kits worth Rs 30.48 million include surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, eye goggles, head and shoe covers, long-sleeve impervious gowns, disposable bags and gumboots.
Mr.Bhogendra Dotel, Director of the Management Division of the Department of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Population said that these PPE kits arrived in a timely manner and will greatly help in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNFPA Country Representative for Nepal, Lubna Baqi said-“With more people in need of testing and treatment amid the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, it is critical to protect frontline health workers. Attention should be given to their work environment as well as their health and psychosocial needs at this time”. She added WHO and other UN agencies working in Nepal, UNFPA stands ready to support the Government of Nepal in its preparedness and response to this pandemic.
UNFPA is calling on the government and partners to work together to ensure the continuity of life-saving reproductive health services. UNFPA has provided ‘Dignity Kits’ in coordination with government and local partners to address the urgent sanitation and protection needs of women and girls in quarantine during the COVID-19 epidemic. These kits include 14 items such as soap, reusable monthly pads, and other essentials for women and girls.