A SURGEON at Airedale Hospital is working with Rotary clubs in Ilkley Wharfedale and Bangalore to support medics in India as they deal with the overwhelming numbers of coronavirus patients.

Raj Rao, a consultant surgeon at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust who is from Bangalore, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise £250,000 to buy essential medical equipment such as pulse oximeters, oxygen concentrators and CPAP machines.

“I have lost a number of my own close relatives to Covid and I know many others have lost their near and dear ones too due to lack of proper advice and timely access to medical care,” said Mr Rao.

“India has selflessly helped the world with vaccination supplies and it needs our help now.

“The equipment we are seeking to fund is essential to help care for patients who are desperately ill.

“It could mean the difference between life and death.”

To donate, visit uk.gofundme.com/f/help-india-covid19-crisis