KATHMANDU, June 6: An additional 428 oxygen concentrators bought with financial support of the members of the Non-resident Nepalis Association and diaspora Nepali community arrived here on Saturday evening. The oxygen concentrators were bought with funds raised by the campaign initiated by the NRNA to meet the rising demand of medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients in Nepal.
The national coordination council of the NRNA concerned worked to collect funds for the much-needed oxygen concentrators. Accordingly, 150 were received from the UK, 100 from Australia, 75 from Canada, 30 from Germany, 20 from South Africa, 10 from Italy, seven from China and 36 from other organisations, according to NRNA Spokesperson DB Chettri.
The Nepali Embassy in Beijing and the NRNA national coordination council in China helped procure those concentrators while the Government of Nepal sponsored the transportation cost.
Likewise, the NRNA Africa has procured 145 oxygen cylinders and 1,150 refill oxygen cylinders and medical supplies, which were handed over to 28 hospitals in 13 districts from Ilam to Jumla.
Meanwhile, the NRNA is going to set up oxygen plants in all the seven provinces of the country with funds collected from around the world, Chettri added.