KATHMANDU: The Embassy of the Republic of Korea (RoK) has donated fully automated biochemistry analysers, valued at $402,500, to Nepal.
The official handover ceremony took place at the Ministry of Health and Population, Government of Nepal today, in the presence of Dr Roshan Pokhrel, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal and Park Tae-Young, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal. Secretary Pokhrel accepted the donation on behalf of the Nepali government.
The critical need for advanced medical equipment, particularly at the district and sub-district level hospitals across Nepal, prompted this significant contribution, the Embassy of RoK stated in a press statement.
The Fully Automated Biochemistry Analyser plays a pivotal role in enhancing primary healthcare services by facilitating the examination of vital organs, including the liver, kidney, and pancreas. This diagnostic tool analyses biochemistry samples such as serum, plasma, and urine, playing a crucial role in accurate patient diagnosis and treatment. The Korean government's support is expected to empower hospitals at the local level, enabling them to independently diagnose diseases.
During the handover programme, Secretary Pokhrel conveyed heartfelt gratitude for this invaluable assistance, emphasizing the positive impact it would have on strengthening the health authorities' capabilities at the grassroots level.
Similarly, Ambassador Park highlighted the Korean government's commitment to Nepal's healthcare sector development. He affirmed that such initiatives align with Korea's enduring support for Nepal as a steadfast development partner.
Having designated Nepal as a “Priority Cooperation Country” for 15 consecutive years in development cooperation, the Korean government has consistently provided diverse assistance in key areas, including health and sanitation, agriculture, education, rural development, and energy.
The Korean government has provided substantial support to Nepal, including $188.6 million allocated through KOICA since 1991, of which 26.8% was in for the health sector, it is stated. Support for the establishment of Mugu, Nuwakot, and Tikapur hospitals was included here. Additionally, a second phase capacity-building project for the Nepal Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital in Bhaktapur, which involves the construction of an additional 150-bed hospital, is currently ongoing.
In addition, Korea has been providing immediate support to Nepal during challenging times, including the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the Covid 19 pandemic. In line with this commitment, the Korean government has decided to provide $300,000 in humanitarian assistance to help the people of Nepal affected by the recent earthquake in Karnali Province.
As 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Korea, the Korean government plans to commemorate this milestone with various projects. These initiatives aim to further expand bilateral cooperation across diverse fields between the two nations, the RoK Embassy said.
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