The Indian Army gifted ten ICU ventilators to the Nepal Army on Sunday in order to support its efforts in fighting against the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador of India to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, presented the ventilators to General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army amid a ceremony held at the Nepal Army Headquarters.

According a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, the ventilators are designed for a broad range of applications to include advanced invasive or non-invasive respiratory support.

“They can be used in support of secondary care in hospitals with ICU, tertiary multispecialty hospitals and dedicated ICUs. Further, due to their compact nature, they are portable and handy in transportation of patients requiring intensive care,” reads the press release.

It adds that the Indian army has a long record of extending support to the Nepal Army as a first responder for humanitarian assistance and relief. “The gifting of ventilators is part of this continued humanitarian cooperation between the two Armies.”

During the handing over, Ambassador Kwatra reaffirmed India’s commitment to provide all necessary help to the people of Nepal in prevailing over the pandemic.