The Nestling Trust remembers with sadness the many thousands who lost their lives during the Nepal Earthquake 2015, exactly five years ago today.
Finally after weeks trying to locate essential medical items such as masks, gloves, aprons and thermal gun thermometers etc Sitara, our partner NGO organised delivery to four of our five Health Posts today with a further delivery planned on Thursday to Lapilang Health Post and the District Health Office medical staff.
In these exceptional times with the Covid-19 virus spreading so rapidly around the world, it is hard to find such equipment, even in developed countries, so we can understand the difficulties Sitara has faced in gathering these items and also for arranging the transportation despite the 'lockdown' in Nepal. In particular finding infrared thermal gun thermometers, vital in trying to identifying those likely to be suffering from the virus has proved to be almost impossible with stocks in the country having been bought up by a syndicate for sale on the black market. Police arrested the perpetrators and confiscated the thermometers. After days of contacting different suppliers and hours of negotiations Sitara has finally secured ten.The Nestling Trust thanks SItara most sincerely for their commitment and determination.
Thank you also to our loyal supporters - without you this would not be possible.
A severe thunderstorm hit the Pokhara area of Nepal yesterday. Hailstones and ice balls the size of golf balls damaged one of the solar panels on the Sarangkot Nestling Home. Many vegetables planted to provide food for the Children's Home, were also destroyed.
It is thought that the solar panel can be repaired after the 'lockdown' ends.
The Nestling Trust is providing PPE for the 5 Health Posts in Marbu, Lapilang. Bhirkot, Chilankha and Melung plus the District Health Office in Dolakha.
Sitara our partner NGO has managed to locate much needed personal protective equipment for the nurses and staff at all five health posts which TNT and Sitara has helped build and establish. It is imperative that TNT supports the clinics as well as the District Health Office in Dolakha, in their quest to prevent or slow, the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Nepal. TNT today transferred NR's 666000 (£4500) for the purchase of masks, gloves. aprons, thermogun thermometers, disinfectant, buckets, sanitiser and also soap for the villagers. We are most grateful to Sitara for their huge efforts in finding these essential items and to our loyal supporters who make it possible for us to provide this urgently needed assistance.
Today The Nepali Times reports that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID Nepal) has provided a £802,000 grant to help strengthen Nepal’s preparedness and response to the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19).
The support (already provided) has helped mobilise the World Health Organization (WHO) to focus on increasing Nepal’s technical expertise, strengthening sample and laboratory management; disease surveillance and contact tracing; improving infection prevention and control; strengthening information management; and improving the clinical management of cases. Additionally, UK support has also helped provide the crucial consultation services of a microbiologist from Public Health England which complements DFID’s existing technical assistance to Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population.
Lisa Honan, Head of Office for DFID Nepal said, “The UK’s early commitment to tackle the unprecedented challenges presented by this pandemic reflect our strong relationship with the Government of Nepal. We will continue to support Nepal’s immediate and long-term needs, focusing now on protecting vulnerable people.”
Minister of Health and Population, Bhanubhakta Dhakal said, “The government of Nepal has worked actively to take precautions against the spread of corona virus in the country. We are grateful for this timely support from the UK to further strengthen our response to tackle the adverse impact of the virus.”
In response to the Corinavirus pandemic the Nepal government announced a total 'Lockdown'. This has been enforced by the security forces.
By the 2nd April '20 only 5 cases of people suffering with the virus had been confirmed but it is thought that this is due to lack of resources. So far less than 1000 have undergone testing.
Many migrant workers have returned from India, the Gulf States and China and prior to the 'Lockdown' thousands of Nepali families left Kathmandu and headed for their home villages. It could well be that Corinavirus has already spread to many villages around the country.