WA Health has lent a helping hand to Sri Lanka and Nepal by offering close to $2.2 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to aid their fight against COVID.
The equipment includes more than 426,00 masks from the community reserve stock held by Health Support Services (HSS), 311,000 disposable, examination and surgeon’s gloves and 3160 single-use coveralls.
The PPE was sent by air freight on 3 June with appropriate pallets and quantities for different regions in each country.
In Nepal, one in two people are testing positive for COVID-19 each day with the country ranked ninth among the 10 top countries in terms of daily increases in COVID cases.
Of those countries, Nepal has the smallest population but the highest rate of people testing positive for COVID.
It depends on India for most of its supplies, especially medical equipment – but, given the extent of the pandemic in India, these supplies are now limited.
Sri Lanka is also currently experiencing a deadly third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.