UK military personnel handing over medical equipment to help the Nepali army battle coronavirus (Picture: British Gurkhas Nepal).
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COVID: UK defence delivers medical equipment to Nepali Army

The support provided includes a PCR machine, which will be used as part of a 25-bed COVID-19 control facility.

UK military personnel handing over medical equipment to help the Nepali army battle coronavirus (Picture: British Gurkhas Nepal).

UK defence has provided new support to the Nepali Army in its fight against COVID-19.

A Royal Air Force C-17 landed at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday, carrying a medical equipment package.

The supplies include a PCR machine for testing samples and oxygen supply equipment that will be used as part of a 25-bed COVID-19 control facility.  

A brief ceremony was held at the airport in the Nepali capital to mark the handing over of the equipment.

Colonel Paul Smith, Defence Attaché and Commander British Gurkhas Nepal, who passed the equipment on, said the support from UK defence "marks the high regard we have for the Nepali Army". 

"The British Army has long been associated with the Nepali Army and we recognise their responsibility to those that are serving as well as the many veterans and families that depend on their Medical Services," he said.

"We send our best wishes to the highly professional and dedicated staff of the Nepali Army Medical Corps."

Last year, the British Army sent a specialist team to Nepal following a request made by the Nepali Army to assist with their COVID-19 response.