RAF Logistics Team loading aid bound for Nepal at RAF Brize Norton
Nepal

COVID: UK Sends Medical Equipment To Nepal

RAF Logistics Team loading aid bound for Nepal at RAF Brize Norton

The UK has sent ventilators and medical expertise to Nepal to help its fight against coronavirus.

A flight from RAF Brize Norton transported the equipment, sourced from surplus UK stocks, to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

This included 260 ventilators and 2,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The UK also sent two health experts on the flight to Nepal who will be working with the British Embassy in Kathmandu to assess how the UK can provide further support to the country.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "We have an enduring defence relationship with Nepal and our Armed Forces are determined to do what we can to support them in their ongoing fight against COVID-19."

It comes as Nepal is facing a huge surge in cases of COVID, with the country's healthcare system facing an extreme shortage of essential supplies.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the "worsening situation in Nepal is immensely challenging".

"We will continue to work with the Nepalese government and do all we can to provide further support as needed," he said.

RAF Logistics Team loading aid bound for Nepal into a civilian charter A330 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton
An RAF Logistics Team loaded medical supplies for Nepal into a civilian charter A330 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton (Picture: MOD).

The UK has worked closely with the Nepalese government in the last few weeks, providing a range of support for its coronavirus effort.

This includes funding a £180,000 oxygen generation plant at the Nepal Police Hospital, with oxygen from the plant saving 150 lives a day.

The UK has also sent experts to help Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population with epidemiological analysis, as well as designing warehouses for vaccination storage. 

And the UK has also helped deliver medical equipment and PPE to coronavirus hotspots across Nepal.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK stands "shoulder to shoulder with our Nepali friends".

"This package of support will save lives and help to meet some of the country's most acute needs," he said.

UK Armed Forces have played an important role in fighting the virus both at home and abroad, with British military efforts in response to COVID-19 overseas falling under Operation Broadshare.

As part of the operation, personnel have helped with repatriation flights, the delivery of vaccines and equipment, as well as offering logistical support.

Cover image: RAF Logistics Team loading aid bound for Nepal at RAF Brize Norton (Picture: MOD).