Nepal earthquake victims flock to Anandaban Hospital for emergency treatment

Earthquake victims have been flocking to The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital, 12km south of Kathmandu, for emergency treatment.

The hospital survived Saturday’s earthquake although patients have been moved outside into tents for fear of the building being destroyed as a result of aftershocks.

The Nepal Army is helping to bring patients with fractures and other debilitating injuries to Anandaban hospital, the only medical facility with the necessary equipment in the area, including a blood bank.

Patient numbers have more than doubled since Saturday with staff working around the clock to provide treatment.

The homes of 11 staff members at Anandaban hospital have collapsed. The roads around Anandaban hospital are dangerous with landslides on the mountain tracks.

Country Leader for The Leprosy Mission Nepal, Shovakhar Kandel, said: "It is a devastating time for the people of Nepal and The Leprosy Mission's global family is praying hard for all whose lives have been torn apart by this earthquake.

"Our staff at Anandaban hospital are working tirelessly in difficult conditions and we plan to send a medical team out to reach more earthquake victims. We are working with the government to get more tents and additional supplies."

The demand on the hospital is far greater than usual and although it is hard to give an accurate figure so soon after the disaster, we estimate your gift of £25 would provide an injured person arriving at the hospital with medical treatment and care for five days - potentially five life-saving days.