Health expert sets up Nepal earthquake appeal

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A HEALTH expert has helped set up an appeal to support the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Consultant paediatrician Anil Tuladhar, who is from Nepal and works for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, is appealing for donations to help people affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

He said: “Nepal has been recently struck by massive earthquake (7.9 Richter scale) leading to massive loss of life and property.

“Aftershocks are still continuing, though it has become slowly infrequent. The pictures you have been seeing on the television and in the newspapers are mainly from the Kathmandu and surrounding area which is 50 miles away from the epicentre.

“Latest pictures, which are slowly coming from that area show that scores of villages have been flattened to rubble either by earthquake or buried due to landslide subsequently.

“It may take even many weeks to have an accurate estimate of life lost and devastation so caused. This has stretched the local resources and manpower to its limit.

“Hospitals, in and around Kathmandu and outside, are being inundated with injured and dead people and their resources are stretched to the maximum limit with health professionals and allied professionals working flat out to help the injured.”

He added: “International help is coming thick and fast and is being coordinated for rescue and relief operation. In these disastrous periods, needs always outstrip the help, support and supply.

“I, along with my other Nepalese colleagues from medical fraternity in the UK, have set up a charity fund “Help for Quake affected Children” to raise money for immediate relief operation targeting children for relief, rescue and support in the short term.”

In the medium and long term, once type of help and support becomes clearer, Anil and his colleagues are planning to coordinate medical, surgical and orthopaedic support as necessary.

He added: “Health Exchange Nepal (UK) , a local Nepalese Medical Charity, is coordinating the fund raising. It is so heartening to see our trainees active in raising the fund. We will need much more than this as we do not still know the complete scale of devastation.

“Hence, this is an appeal asking for you to contribute however much you can for this cause. You can donate by clicking onto the following link:”