Dr Poonam K Singh, regional director, WHO Southeast Asia
The World Health Organization this morning handed over four emergency health kits comprising of medicines and medical supplies and $175, 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds to meet the immediate health needs of the earthquake affected people in Nepal.
"Within hours of the tragedy, WHO disbursed medical supplies to cover the health needs of 40,000 people for three months. These supplies are in the form of inter-agency emergency health kits and were given to hospitals in Nepal treating the injured," WHO Southeast Asia regional director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.
WHO also immediately made available $175,000 to the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, as the first tranche of South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF).
The SEARHEF funds are aimed at meeting immediate financial needs and to fill critical gaps in the aftermath of a disaster.
Simultaneously, WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, to continue to assess the health needs of the affected people and the damage to health facilities.