Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
I am acutely aware that Nepal, like other countries in South Asia, is severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and this is exacerbated by shortages of medical equipment.
The Government of Nepal made a request for emergency assistance to the EU through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 7 May and Ireland, along with its EU partners, is considering its response. Nepal has requested specific quantities of certain medical equipment and supplies, including PPE and respiratory support equipment.
I am hopeful that Ireland will be in a position to offer assistance and provide some relief to those suffering from Covid-19 in Nepal and to its front-line health workers. We expect to be in a position to confirm Ireland’s response in the coming days as soon as officials have concluded their assessment of the available equipment and supplies in relation to request from Nepal.