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Rotarians Answer Call to India’s Oxygen Crisis

Rotarians Answer the Call For Emergency India Aid

Warwickshire Rotarians have supported a Heart of England campaign to fund emergency Oxygen Concentrators to help ease the Covid-19 crisis in India.

Club members on both sides of the county, in Nuneaton, Bedworth and Warwick, raised thousands of pounds towards the cost of the vital equipment which saves lives by filtering noxious gases from the oxygen used in the treatment of patients.

Nine generators have already been despatched after £15,670 was raised by 40 Rotary Clubs across the Heart of England district in just two weeks – and members are now working hard to secure the remaining 32.

District Governor Elect David Clayfield, member of the Rotary Club of Arbury urged the Rotary Clubs in the Heart of England to donate to this appeal.

He said: “We cannot help but remember the time when the NHS was struggling to deal with Covid-19 cases and now are alarmed that the situation is so much worse in India where people are dying because of lack of Oxygen.

“We see the horrific news broadcast daily from India regarding the rise of Covid 19 cases. Up to 25th May 27 million cases and 307,000 deaths have been reported and that number continues to grow at an alarming rate. As is the case in every country, the poorest, most vulnerable members of society suffer most.

“We in the UK know the devastating effects Covid has had on our society but now, thanks to the vaccination programme, we are beginning to defeat this terrible virus. We are now in a position to be outward looking and to offer support to our international neighbours”.

He added: “The Rotary Clubs, in the Heart of England have sprung into action to support the food banks in the local communities and now, being an International organisation, we recognise the need to support those in India who are in desperate need. Rotarians have donated, generously, to support the India Oxygen Appeal.

Last month India marked a grim record of highest number of new registered Covid infections anywhere in the world since the pandemic began, leading to severe shortages of beds and oxygen in hospitals.

The unprecedented spread, blamed on a more contagious strain as well as lax safety measures, has pushed the hospitals to the brink as patients are repeatedly turned away from wards.

Latest World Health Organisation figures though, show all regions reporting a decline in cases amid suggestions this second wave may have now passed its peak. But there is growing concern over the pandemic’s spread into rural India where smaller towns and villages do not have an adequate healthcare infrastructure to handle sharp rises in case numbers.

The Heart of England Clubs have worked with two UK charities to procure and despatch the first nine concentrators – Hinckley-based We Care UK and the Coventry branch of Khalsa Aid, based in Maidenhead. And the work continues to source the rest.

Heart of England Rotary District Treasurer Robert Rainbow said: “We have been totally overwhelmed with the amount of support this appeal has received from both Rotary Clubs, as well as individuals, across the district. This really is a phenomenal effort in what have been very difficult times. It is truly inspiring and highlights the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self”.

Written by Amanda Chalmers PR