Kohima: In the battle against COVID-19, the Latvia government along with the United Nations Development Programme will be extending its support to Nagaland by ensuring the availability of critical medical equipment in the state.

Taking to Twitter, chief minister Neiphiu Rio expressed gratitude for the support extended during the unprecedented times, hoping that the medical equipment will strengthen the health system in the state.

“I express my gratitude to the Govt of Latvia & @UNDP_India for the outpouring of support given to Nagaland during these unprecedented & challenging times. The critical life-saving equip. will further strengthen the health system,” said Rio.

The government of Latvia, in a press note, stated that as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put burden on the Indian health system, need for critical medical supplies and facilities remains an area of focus.

It informed that the Latvia government has contributed USD 60,000 for the procurement of the critical medical equipment, as part of the broader European Union’s assistance to India’s response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “These funds will be used to purchase Indian-made AgVa ventilators,” it said.

Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador of Latvia to India, said: “In today’s interconnected world, the battle against the invisible enemy should be a global and united effort. It is as simple as that: no one is safe until everyone is safe. India has been an invaluable driving force in the COVAX mission, and it is just fair that we give a helping hand to our Indian friends at this difficult time.”

“I am very pleased to be working with UNDP in India to contribute to building the capacity of the Indian health system,” Bērtulis added.

Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India, also said: “I would like to thank the Government of Latvia for this critical support that will allow UNDP to ensure further strengthening of the health systems through procuring critical medical equipment for the state of Nagaland.”

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“The pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives and overwhelm the health system in the country. UNDP urgently needs additional support and resources to reach the last mile to ensure no one is left behind,” Noda added.

It further informed that the UNDP has also been supporting the Union ministry of health and family welfare with digitisation of supply chain of vaccines and tracking beneficiaries across states to ensure better access and coverage.

It has also helped build capacities of 820,500 frontline workers across the country to support the ‘world’s largest vaccination drive’.



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