New Delhi, Apr 17: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reviewed the functioning of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) and their assistance to civilian authorities in containing the spread of COVID-19.
Those who attended the meeting include Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Director General AFMS Lt Gen AnupBanerji, Director General (Organisation& Personnel) AFMS Lt General A K Hooda, Director General Medical Services (Navy) Surgeon Vice Admiral M V Singh and Director General Medical Services (Air) Air Marshal M S Butola.
They briefed the Minister about various actions taken in terms of issuing advisories to Armed Forces personnel, providing assistance to civilian authorities in respect of quarantine facilities, provisioning of hospitals and healthcare in the prevailing situation, the defence ministry said in a statement.
On a request received from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, quarantine facilities for civilians were created and 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. Starting February 1 these facilities have housed 1,738 individuals, it added. Six viral testing labs have already been established with the help of ICMR and are functional at various AFMS hospitals.
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. (UNI)