Prime Minister Modi discussing Army’s initiatives for COVID management with General M M Naravane in New Delhi on Thursday. (IANS)
NEW DELHI :
THE Army is making its medical staff available to State Governments and is setting up temporary hospitals in various parts of the country to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Army Chief General M M Naravane told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. In a meeting where Modi reviewed the Army’s preparedness and initiatives for COVID management, Naravane also said that the Army is opening up its hospitals for civilians wherever possible and that citizens can approach their nearest Army hospitals, a statement said.
“General M M Naravane informed the PM that the Army is helping with manpower for imported oxygen tankers and vehicles where specialised skills are required to manage them,” it added. After visiting the forward locations in Siachen and eastern Ladakh on Wednesday, Naravane met Prime Minister on Thursday to brief him on the various initiatives taken by the Army. Modi has been holding daily meetings with various organisations and officials as the Government marshals its resources to fight the pandemic raging in various parts of the country.