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.