26 March 2020, Kathmandu
China’s Beijing Municipal Trade and Commerce Bureau on Wednesday has donated 2,000 test kits to Nepal to combat the global pandemic of COVID-19.
The donations which were handed over to Nepali Embassy in Beijing was made by the Chinese company as gift to support the Nepal government.
As shared by the International Investment and Cooperation Consulting Services Company Pvt. Ltd working on behalf of Beijing Municipal Trade and Commerce Bureau in Kathmandu, the test kits have been donated to Nepal to fight COVID-19.
According to Hari Prasad Dhungana, Chairman of the company, the donation is a gesture of friendship between the two countries.
It has been reported that one test kit can test one patient, which means 2,000 people can be directly benefited by this assistance. The test kits are worth 30,000 U.S. dollars.
The Nepali Embassy in Beijing shared that the supplies will reach to China’s Tibet on Thursday itself, and will be sent to Nepal through land route accordingly.
Nepal has only single lab National Public Health Laboratory based in capital Kathmandu for coronavirus tests. In such a situation, the test kits come as gift from China is really appraisal.
Since January, Nepal has so far tested 687 samples among which 684 were negative, and three cases are positive.