KATHMANDU: Of the 20,000 oxygen cylinders donated by China, 2,000 cylinders will be brought to Nepal in the first consignment. Discussions have started about sending a widebody Airbus aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation.
Nepal Airlines has submitted a quotation as per the demand of the Ministry of Finance. A Nepal Airlines source said that no agreement has been reached on the fare of the shipment.
The airlines will bring cylinders from Beijing. Only Nepal Airlines has a plane that can carry cylinders in this capacity.
According to sources, the plane will leave for Beijing on May 11 if an agreement is reached between the finance ministry and the corporation. As per the action plan of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, it is planned to bring oxygen cylinders from China to Nepal by May 14.
The demand for oxygen cylinders have increased a lot due to the rapid increment of COVID-19 patients in recent days. Thousands of COVID-19 patients have to struggle to get oxygen in a timely manner.
According to media reports, some of the patients lost their lives with the lack of oxygen in time.