For first time, ITBP deploys lady doctors at forward locations in Ladakh
   Date :09-Sep-2020

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 Personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) undergoing fitness checkup at an ITBP camp before departing to various forward postings in Leh on Tuesday. (ANI)
FOR the first time, the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) has sent female doctors to forward operating locations in Ladakh. From sending troops from Leh to taking care of them at the forward locations, the ITBP female doctors have given all kinds of charge. Considering the tensed situation at the border, ITBP has changed its standard operating procedure (SOP), which did not allow any female officer to be deployed at such locations. The department, irrespective of gender, has sent female doctors and other staff a few weeks ago. The officials claimed that earlier, only male doctors were sent to the forward locations near to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
According to the ITBP top officials in Leh, female officers are now deployed at the border area to take care of troops. Importantly, these females doctors have been tasked to supervise the medical requirements of troops. They have been deployed in different strategic locations. That is not all, pharmacists and nursing assistants have been deployed in massive numbers to deal with any situation and sufficient supply have been sending consistently as per the requirement. The base in Leh, where troops are reaching from parts of the country, have to go through from a strict medical check-up and have to have a fitness certificate.
A female doctor, Dr Katyayani Sharma is heading the medical base and responsible to send only fit troops to forward locations. Every troop has to undergo three stages of check-ups before getting final clearance by Dr Sharma. Following this, the doctor issues fitness certificate to them. ITBP, who is receiving troops from all parts of the country, has made a base in Leh where after getting quarantine for prescribed days. The troops undergo four staged physical check-up.
After receiving troops, they have to stay for a limited period in quarantine centre to ensure that they are not infected with COVID-19. In Leh, troops have to go through temperature check, vital check and blood test, which are mandatory to send troops to forward locations. ITBP doctors are closely monitoring troops who have high blood pressure. Troops with high blood pressure are required to maintain stable blood pressure and only after it attains prescribed level, troops consider it fit to go for fitness check.