The armed forces are stepping up assistance to civil authorities in the fight against Covid-19, including deployment of the medical staff at hospitals across the country. However, they will not set up field hospitals as requested by the Delhi government.
The aid includes airlifting of supplies, service extensions to doctors and assistance in setting up medical facilities at several major towns. In a high court hearing, the Centre said that in principle it has been decided that the forces would not be setting up field hospitals, in light of the current services being rendered by them to civil authorities.
“Our medical resources on the Line of Control, Line of Actual Control, high altitude areas, remote areas, CI operational areas continue to function from there. Covid-19 facilities already established in military hospitals across the country. Manning of all DRDO Hospitals is entirely by the armed forces medical services,” officials said.
Adding that while medical facilities are finite even with the services, Covid-19 facilities for the civil population are being set up in places like Bhopal, Barmer and Ranchi also. Defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the surge in cases has resulted in a ‘once in a century crisis’ and full efforts are being put in by the armed forces to respond.
“Along with the efforts put together by the scientific community, health professionals, civil administration, the armed forces too have pitched in this battle against an invisible yet deadly enemy.