As of today, the Nepali Government has reported 31 coronavirus positive cases. Among them, 27 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals and 4 have already recovered and discharged.
So far, coronavirus has spread to 210 countries and territories and infected 2,481,866 people while claiming 170,455 lives.
The Nepali government is striving to implement the best strategies to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country while rendering socio-economic support to the citizens.
In the need of the hour, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has come forward to demonstrate its commitment in the fight against COVID-19.[MUST READ: Businesses to Pay ‘Half Salary’ to all their employees!]
The UNFPA has donated over 1,200 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to the Nepali Government on April 20, 2020.
The NPR 30.48 million worth PPE kits were donated by the Chinese Government under the ‘Nepal, China and UNFPA South-South Partnership’ initiative.
“These PPE kits arrived in a timely manner and will greatly help in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank UNFPA and the Government of China,” expressed Bhogendra Dotel, Director of Management Division, DoHS.
“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 the frontline health workers. Attention should be given to their work environment as well as their health and psychosocial needs at this time,” said UNFPA Country Representative for Nepal Lubna Baqi.[ALSO READ: Nepali Embassy in USA Endorses ‘COVID-19 Stress Management Desk’]
Apart from the PPE kits, the UNFPA has also donated ‘Dignity Kits’ for women and girls. The kits include 14 different items such as soap, reusable menstrual pads and other essential items to address the hygiene and protection needs of women and girls.
“In time of crisis such as this outbreak, women and girls are at a higher risk of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence,” exclaimed the UNFPA representative.
“Hence, life-saving care and support to gender-based violence survivors, such as the services offered by One-Stop Crisis Management Centres, shelter and safe houses, helplines must be strengthened,” he added.
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