Qatar Charity has provided a number of hospitals and health centres in Nepal's rural areas with eight ambulances equipped with first aid supplies, in co-operation with the Ministry of Health, Population and Family Welfare of Lumbini District.
The ambulances were delivered in the presence of Kol Prasad KC, Chief Minister of Lumbini Province; Indra Geet Tharu, Minister of Health; Athar Kamal, Member of Federal Parliament; Wasi Uddin Khan, Minister of Education; Manoj Bhatta Amin, Member of the Social Welfare Council; and Irshad Ali Sheikh, acting director of the Qatar Charity office in Nepal.
The ambulances are equipped with emergency aid equipment and tools, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) device, oxygen cylinders, in addition to 22 emergency devices and others.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Chief Minister of Lumbini Province said: "This aid will enhance bilateral relations between Qatar and Nepal," expressing his appreciation to Qatar Charity for its contribution, and the provision of ambulances to residents of areas who were in dire need.
For his part, the Nepalese Minister of Health, during the ceremony of handing over the ambulances, honoured Qatar Charity by giving it a certificate of appreciation in recognition of its remarkable role and support for the health sector in his country.
He expressed his gratitude to the philanthropists in Qatar and to Qatar Charity for their support of the health sector in Nepal, during the Covid-19 pandemic, through medical equipment for the PCR laboratory, support for health facilities, and provision of hygiene and sterilisation tools in quarantine centres.
According to the World Bank, 80% of Nepal'spopulation lives in rural areas, where maternal deaths during childbirth are 186 per 100,000. There are 28.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to Unicef statistics for the year 2020.