GREENSBORO, NC — A second wave in the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading throughout Nepal with over 34,000 new cases reported in just the last week. The true number may be much higher because virus testing is inadequate across most of the impoverished nation of 30 million people. Sadly, hardest hit areas are the remote provinces that have the fewest resources to battle the deadly disease. In those regions, there is little to no access to doctors and medical facilities.
Overall, the country’s already limited healthcare system is nearing collapse.
Samaritan’s Purse is responding in Jesus’ Name to Nepal’s coronavirus crisis. Their DC-8 cargo plane departed from Greensboro, North Carolina, early Monday morning (June 7) with almost 15 tons of relief supplies that include masks, personal protective equipment, and medical machinery. These critical resources will be distributed among 22 hospitals, including United Mission Hospital Tansen—their partner hospital in Nepal, to help nearly overwhelmed medical professionals battle the new surge in coronavirus cases.
John Morgan, Samaritan’s Purse:
Poised behind me is the DC-8. We’re ready for pushback to go to Kathmandu, Nepal in Asia, where the people are suffering from a tremendous COVID outbreak. We’ve got 15 tons of cargo loaded on the aircraft– medical supplies, COVID relief supplies for the people of Kathmandu.
Michael Embree, Samaritan’s Purse:
We’ve loaded masks, oxygen concentrators, respirators, tents. And we ask that you pray that this would multiply for those people and help them in this critical time.
Continue to pray for the people of Nepal through this COVID crisis, and pray for our ability to support the efforts to give them relief and minister to their hearts. It’s a great ministry effort, it’s great outreach effort, and we’re just proud to be a part of it.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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