Friday, August 14, 2020

JICA Nepal handover Covid-19 response relief in Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha

 JICA Nepal handed over Covid-19 response relief items to Chautara Sangachowkgadhi Municipality and Helambu Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk and Palungtar Municipality and Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha, four of the pilot local governments supported under its Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) ‘The Project on Participatory Rural Recovery’ (PPRR).

Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Yumiko Asakuma handed over emergency relief materials including food like rice, lentils, cooking oil, personal protection equipment (PPE), gloves, masks and sanitizers, Viral transport medium (VTM), for swabs and bedding sets like mattresses, pillows, and bed sheets etc to mayors and representatives of municipalities during the first and second week of August, according to a press note issued by the JICA Nepal office in Kathmandu.

Currently, Palungtar Municipality and Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality are operating 4 quarantine facilities respectively, catering to between 40 to 70 people in isolation at any point in time, the press note reads, adding that Chautara Municipality has 2 facilities and Helambu Rural Municipality has one, with about 50 people accommodated.

The emergency relief materials were provided as part of the project's support to strengthen the capacities of local governments and communities not only for building back better from the 2015 earthquake but also for enhancing community resilience against various kinds of disasters including the ongoing global pandemic. 

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