Doctor’s mercy mission for Nepal earthquake victims

Blackpool Victoria Hospital doctor Rajib Maharjan, who is travelling to Nepal with his wife Ruchi, a doctor at the RLI.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital doctor Rajib Maharjan, who is travelling to Nepal with his wife Ruchi, a doctor at the RLI.

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A doctor from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is heading to disaster-struck Nepal on Saturday to give medical aid to earthquake victims.

Dr Ruchi Maharjan, 29, will be travelling along with her husband Rajib, 31, who is a doctor at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Relatives in the UK will look after the couple’s three-year-old daughter Trisha while the couple are in Nepal.

Dr Maharjan, who lives in Blackpool and is originally from capital city Kathmandu, will be helping people in remote areas.

An estimated 10,000 people are thought to have been killed, tens of thousands injured and a further eight million affected by the 7.8 magnitude quake on Saturday, April 25.

Dr Rajib Maharjan said: “I just want to help. I am excited to be going although I know it is still dangerous.

“My parents and my sister live in Kathmandu. They are OK but they are still feeling aftershocks. We keep in touch via Skype.

“I decided to go when I saw lots of people sharing Facebook messages that they needed doctors.

“I will be going to countryside areas like Gorkha and Sindhupalchok. The senior doctors are arranging for helicopters to take us there. I’m going with 20 other doctors from Nepal.

“Some places are not easily accessible so we might have to walk. I will be going for two weeks.”

Dr Maharjan added: “The people of Nepal are greatly in need of doctors as well as food, clothing and shelter.

“I hope people will support the appeal.”

The Disasters Emergency committee (DEC) has started an appeal to raise funds for victims. For further information go to http://www.dec.org.uk/