Indian Army’s Southern Command, headquartered in Pune, recently said that the screening and quarantining of all ranks and their families is being ensured meticulously along with contact tracing to ensure there is no spread of Covid-19.
The command has undertaken “Operation Namaste” to fight against the virus outbreak. Lt Gen CP Mohanty, Army Commander, Southern Command conducted a number of video conferences with the formation commanders and other senior officers to coordinate and direct efforts towards a successful fight against the situation.
An official release stated, “Pre-emptive measures on social distancing and other pre-cautions launched have ensured that army personnel are not infected by the virus. Strict enforcement of the lockdown is being ensured and movement of troops has been severely restricted to maintenance of essential services only.”
The command is ensuring regular contact and providing all necessary assistance to its vulnerable veterans and “veer naris” in the area of responsibility.
“Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme polyclinics have been kept functional as part of essential services to provide medical cover to the veterans. Separate timings have been kept for them at all convenience and grocery stores to ensure physical distancing,” the statement adds.
Meanwhile, all efforts are underway to prepare for a larger emergency which may occur and augmentation of medical and other facilities are underway.