KATHMANDU, April 3 -- Following allegation of irregularities in procurement of medical kits from China through a private company, the government has decided to entrust the Nepal Army for the supply of essential medical equipment at a time when the country is facing threat from the coronavirus pandemic.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers has decided to entrust the army to initiate the supply of medical kits through the government to government (G2G) procurement process from China.

Ministry of Defense has already communicated with the Nepal Army about the cabinet decision, said sources at the ministry.

"Defense Ministry is to procure the medicine, medical equipment and other medical kits essential for treatment and prevention of Covid...