South Korea Provides RT-PCR Test Kits Worth USD 200,000

The Government of the Republic of Korea has granted complete sets of RT-PCR test kits worth USD 200,000 through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to Nepal.
Ambassador Park Chong-suk of South Korea handed over the kits to Dr. Roshan Pokhrel, Chief Specialist, Health Co-ordination Division, Ministry of Health and Population, at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Friday.
The PCR test kits are complete sets, composed of three different types of kits required for collection, transfer and stable diagnosis of COVID-19.
“The kits will enable to carry out 17,760 PCR tests,” read a statement issued by the Embassy of Republic of Korea.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Roshan Pokhrel expressed gratitude to the Korean Government for the support.  
During the handover event, Korean ambassador Park Chong-suk, said, “This assistance will support the Government of Nepal to conduct mass testing of the citizens to control COVID- 19.”
In order to support Nepal government in its fight against the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, KOICA will continuously put its efforts to support the Government of Nepal, said Sunghoon Ko, Country Director, KOICA.
KOICA has procured 378 pieces of oxygen concentrators for Nepal, which are scheduled to be delivered by July/August, read the statement.
In 2020, the Korean government had provided more than 40,000 complete sets of RT-PCR test kits.
Korea has always extended its support to Nepal during difficult times, be it the disaster like earthquake and floods or pandemic. Korea has been gradually increasing its grant assistance to Nepal over the years, said the embassy.