BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha UK extends life-saving Covid mission to Nepal

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha UK extends life-saving Covid mission to Nepal

Following its impactful Covid India appeal, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha charity in the UK extended its life-saving mission further across the Indian sub-continent with the supply of 33 oxygen concentrators to the pandemic frontline in Nepal.

Nepal is experiencing an unrelenting surge in infections and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, which has been compounded by the Delta variant. The country’s hospitals are coming under extreme pressure from shortages of oxygen and critical care beds, which is severely impacting the life-saving services that its frontline health workers are providing.

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BAPS, behind the world-famous Neasden Temple, said it responded to the escalating crisis by facilitating the procurement and distribution of 33 portable oxygen concentrators to Noble Compassionate Volunteers (NCV) Nepal – a group of humanitarian volunteers based in the country. The donation was received at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu last week.

NCV Nepal will work with Manisha Koirala, a Bollywood star and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal, to distribute the concentrators to the remote and most in need hospitals where oxygen demand is the topmost priority.

His Excellency Lokdarshan Regmi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nepal to the UK, sent a message of appreciation for the donation.

He said: “On behalf of the Embassy of Nepal and myself, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in providing lifesaving medical supplies to [the] Nepali people in fighting against Covid-19, the common enemy of the world.

“Your efforts in keeping humanity alive are highly appreciable. We look forward to working with you in the days ahead.”

Yadav Gautam, Chairperson at NVC Nepal, said: “We would like to thank BAPS UK for their kind and generous donation of life-saving equipment to the people of Nepal. I personally take this as an example of great teamwork which results in the best service.

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“We will be transferring the equipment to the respective healthcare facilities as per the guidelines provided by Ms Manisha Koirala, Mr Shanker Ghimire and the health professional team.”

Kamlesh Patel, a lead volunteer at BAPS UK, added: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the desperate situation in Nepal. We are honoured to support the people of Nepal through our fundraising efforts and we hope the oxygen concentrators will further the relief efforts to save lives. We continue to pray for the people of Nepal during this challenging time.”

*Info: NCV Nepal

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