Anglican Aid responds to India’s COVID-19 Crisis
- by Riley Buchanan
- April 29, 2021
Anglican Aid is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in India by supporting Herbertpur Christian Hospital in Uttarakhand, North India with essential medical supplies in order to save lives.
In light of the rapidly increasing second wave, Herbertpur Christian Hospital in Uttarakhand state in Northern India, has been asked by the Government to take care of COVID-19 patients. Currently in the Uttarakhand state there are 50,000 confirmed cases: about 1 in every 200 people.
This Christian hospital, which services anyone regardless of race, caste, or religion, has access to only 30 oxygen beds. The hospital is rapidly working to increase this number to 50. It is the only COVID-19 hospital in the area, servicing a population of 2 million people.
The Project Director for Community Health & Development at the hospital described the scarcity of resources across India. ‘There is a big shortage of oxygen and medicine and life saving equipment. Most of the COVID hospitals are full with people’.
‘We are facing big challenges due to the overload. Hospitals need equipment like ventilators, monitors, PPE kits, food for patients.’
He described people being forced to sleep on beds by the roadside in order to wait for admission.
‘The second wave of COVID-19 has hit so badly the whole health system has collapsed’.
According to the BBC, there have been 300,000 new infections every day for the past week. There have been 360,000 new COVID cases and 3,293 deaths on the 27th of April across India. Many people who are contracting and dying from the virus are young adults or children.
Please consider giving to Anglican Aid’s India COVID-19 Emergency Appeal as we look to provide Herbertpur Christian Hospital with urgently-needed equipment like ventilators, monitors, PPE kits, and food for COVID patients.
Please pray for the people of India in this time of national crisis.
All donations to Anglican Aid for this project are tax deductible. In the case that a fundraising appeal has received sufficient donations, any surplus funds will be used for a similar activity or an activity in the same country.