How Indian Army is playing its part in fight against COVID-19

The Indian Army has been at the forefront in the battle against Coronavirus. NewsMobile brings you details of the kind of efforts being made by the Army to fight Covid-19

• Quarantine facilities for civilians are currently functional at six stations for civilian evacuees from Italy, Iran, China, Malaysia and Japan. Standby quarantine facilities have also been created at other stations. From February 1, these facilities have housed 1,738 individuals.

• Six viral testing labs have already been established with the help of ICMR and are functional at various AFMS hospitals.

• Army Medical Corps is currently also providing medical cover to the quarantine camp at Narela, New Delhi where a team of six medical officers and 18 paramedical staff have been deployed.

• To cater for isolation and treatment (Including ICU based care) for COVID-19 cases, orders notifying 50 AFMS hospitals as dedicated COVID hospitals and mixed COVID hospitals have been issued. These hospitals have a combined bed capacity of 9,038 patients. Civilian COVID-19 cases would also be admitted in these hospitals as a surge capacity to augment the state healthcare facilities.

• Training activities have been suspended at AMC Centre & College, Lucknow Lucknow and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Pune. Approximately 650 medical officers undergoing post graduate training at AFMC will be reverted back to units for provision of medical cover depending on the evolving situation. In addition, 100 medical officers from recruiting organisations are being detailed to work in hospitals where COVID wards are being established.

• A list of retired AMC officers and paramedical staff has been readied who may be requested to volunteer for working in AFMS hospitals at their current home stations in case the need arises. Forty three officers and 990 paramedics have volunteered till date.

• A medical team of 15 members have been sent to Kuwait along with a PCR machine and diagnostic kits to help the Government of Kuwait in developing the strategy for handling COVID.

• Procurement of essential health equipment such as face masks, sanitisers, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), ventilators is being conducted at a fast pace.

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