Oxygen for India – the need continues

As India’s battle with coronavirus continues, and people are dying for lack of hospital beds and oxygen, a small rural hospital in north India has appealed for help to buy an oxygen generating machine and 3 ventilators.

Kachhwa Christian Hospital, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, has just been appointed a Covid hospital, as the officially designated hospitals have been overwhelmed. Facing an acute shortage of oxygen, they have applied to purchase an oxygen generating machine that will save lives. Now they also need 3 ventilators to help the patients that keep coming to the hospital. The numbers are increasing daily and they have to turn some away.

Kachhwa Christian Hospital

The hospital’s Senior Administrator writes: “We are now officially a Covid hospital providing a minimum of 10 beds. Had meetings with district administration. We have an acute shortage of Oxygen. Last night we ran out of Oxygen. By the grace of God the two patients managed to get a cylinder through their contacts from 4 hours away. We have again sent our vehicles with cylinders this morning. Yesterday we had the first Covid related death. She was critically ill and came with a saturation of twenty.”

The hospital has applied for an oxygen generating machine. They are locally available, costing Rs. 2,000,000 (£20,000). They hope it can be installed within the next two weeks. They also need to purchase 3 ventilators, costing £10,000 each.

“KCH is one of many small hospitals now drawn in by the government as the country’s health system is in meltdown. People are dying in ambulances because hospitals have to turn them away,” says Ram Gidoomal, chairman of South Asian Concern, one of the charities supporting the hospital’s work.

This is just one of the patients we had to turn away because we did not have enough oxygen to give him treatment for COVID

“These hospitals have been serving their communities, especially the poor and neglected, for many years. Now they face this frightening new challenge, with no oxygen. Several staff members have tested positive and they are working flat out. We believe the oxygen generating machine will make a significant difference and save lives. If we exceed the target we will pass on the extra to our partner hospitals.”

Donations for the machine can be sent to South Asian Concern

by cheque (payable to South Asian Concern)

via please visit our Give.Net page here.

or by bank transfer to South Asian Concern at CAF Bank, Sort code: 40-52-40, a/c no 00099484

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“I want to Gift Aid my donation and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past four years to South Asian Concern. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference”