Australian priest serving on the COVID frontline in Peru

Residents queue to fill oxygen tanks for sick relatives in Iquitos (Supplied)

Australian priest Fr John Anderson says many people living in Peru’s largest jungle city continue to fall desperately sick due to COVID-19. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Fr Anderson ministers as parish priest of Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Iquitos, and says the city has endured “chaos” for months on end.

Administrator of the Vicariate of Iquitos, Fr Miguel Fuertes, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide an oxygen generator.

Last year the Vicariate was able to crowdfund enough money to purchase four oxygen generators. However, they are not sufficient to meet the need in the city of 470,000 people.

Fr Anderson said a second appeal by Fr Fuertes garnered $US140,000 last month but more is needed. “The generator will cost about $80,000, but the price of the compressors has shot up from $50,000 to $150,000.”

Fr Anderson has been donning full PPE to visit hospital patients who are sharing wards with COVID-infected patients and conducting an ever-increasing number of funerals in people’s homes.

“How this will evolve, who knows … but we are in the hands of the good Lord,” he said.

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Sydney priest serving on the COVID frontline in Peru (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly

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