Kathmandu, May 17 : India on Sunday handed over Pathodetect COVID-19 real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits, which would enable Nepali Health Professionals to conduct tests on 30,000 people. Indian envoy to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra, on behalf of the Government of India, handed over these supplies to Nepalese Health and Population Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal in Kathmandu.
The Pathodetect COVID-19 Qualitative RT PCR kits were manufactured by Pune-based Mylab company. On April 22, Ambassador Kwatra handed over 23 tonnes of medicines to the Government of Nepal. ''Gifting of medicines and test kits manifests continuing cooperation of our leaders and people of two countries to prepare, act and fight together the common challenge of COVID-19 Pandemic,'' Indian Embassy in Nepal said in a statement.
These initiatives stem from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video conference with SAARC leaders on March 15. ''India stands in solidarity with Government, Health Professionals and people of Nepal in this hour of challenge,'' the embassy said. (UNI)