November 22: Coca-Cola and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) have commenced the second phase of handing over of safety gears and equipment to various hospitals and volunteers to enhance the safety of health workers, patients and volunteers working in the frontline against Covid-19 pandemic.
Coca-Cola said in a statement that the total value of the equipment to be handed over to the Government of Nepal for use in various hospitals is approximately Rs 14 million.
Under this partnership, ventilators will be handed over to the major hospitals in all the seven provinces of the country and personal safety equipment (PPE) will be handed over to the health workers and volunteers, the company added.
The second phase of the safety gears and equipment distribution campaign kicked off on November 19 in the presence of Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal at the Ministry of Health and Population.
Appreciating the joint efforts for the second phase, Minister Dhakal expressed his commitment to distribute ventilators provided by the Red Cross in collaboration with Coca-Cola.
According to the company, Minister Dhakal handed over the equipment provided by NRCS and Coca-Cola to Sagar Rajkarnikar, director of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital, Teku.
The company had provided 100 sets of safety glasses, 120 boxes of surgical mask, 150 sets of PPE, 50 boxes of gloves and 200 sets of KN -95 masks.
Similarly, 48,000 units of surgical masks, 1,600 units of KN-95 masks, 550 sets of PPE, 400 pairs of safety glasses and 10,000 pairs of gloves along with one ventilator each will be handed over to the designated hospitals in seven provinces within the next two weeks, the statement further said.
Arrangements have been made to handover the equipment to Koshi Zonal Hospital in Morang, Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital in Parsa, Bharatpur Hospital in Chitwan, Pokhara Health Science Hospital of Kaski, Bheri Zonal Hospital in Banke, Midwest Regional Hospital in Surkhet and Seti Zonal Hospital in Kailali.
“As Nepal fights to contain COV1D-19, we all need to ensure there is ample support provided to the Government. Coca-Cola’s partnership with Nepal Red Cross provides safety gear for front line workers and ventilators for the treatment of patients,” said Pradip Pandey, managing director of Bottlers Nepal Limited, that produces Coca-Cola in Nepal.
"This partnership between Nepal Red Cross Society and Coca-Cola in Nepal is an effort to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus and protect frontline health workers and patients," Nepal Red Cross Society’s Acting Chairperson Sarmila Karki said.