REUTERS - Israel packed up its field hospital in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday, which was set up to treat emergency cases from the deadly April 25 earthquake.
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The 60-bed field hospital was set up in the Nepali army's cantonment compound following the earthquake that killed over 7,900 people and injured more than 16,000. The hospital treated over 1,000 patients during its 10 days of operation.
During the period it became the preferred hospital for some of the injured to come for treatment and some pregnant mothers came to deliver their babies.
At a small function to mark the closure of the emergency aid facility, Nepal's Urban Development Minister Narayan Khadka expressed the Nepal government's gratitude to Israel for its help.
"Let me express our sincere gratitude to the government of Israel and to the people of Israel for helping us in times of very critical hours for Nepal," Khadka said.
The hospital offered operating rooms, imaging facilities, advanced labs and an intensive care section with 150 Israelis taking care of its patients. It also had a synagogue and a kosher kitchen.
Israel's ambassador to Nepal, Yaron Mayer, said he was optimistic about the nation's future.
"I did mention that Nepal is crying and the whole world is crying, but I also said that I am optimistic for the future and looking ahead, things are now starting to rebuild. It will take time I know, but things will be better and Nepal will be stronger and we will be united working for these challenges," Mayer said.
The quake has affected 8 million of Nepal's 28 million people, with at least 3 million needing tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months, the United Nations said. About 519,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.
The government said the cost of the first phase of reconstruction would be $2 billion and it had set aside $200 million towards that.