Retired Indian Army doctors will be mobilized to deal with the worsening coronavirus crisis in recent weeks, with the number of infections hitting a record high every day.
The Chief of Staff of the Indian Armed Forces, General Biping Rawat, told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that retired army doctors will be mobilized to fight the coronavirus crisis. In recent weeks, the condition has deteriorated, and the number of infections reached a record high every day.
The Ministry of National Defense reported: “The Chief of Staff told the Prime Minister that medical personnel of the armed forces who have retired in the past two years will be required to work in institutions that treat covid-19.”
The Defense Ministry’s statement added: “Those who retire earlier are also required to consult through the medical emergency hotline.” The Indian Express obtained the defense statement.
Similarly, due to the lack of oxygen cylinders in hospitals in the country, Rawat also told Prime Minister Modi: “The oxygen cylinders available in various facilities of the armed forces will be transported to the hospital.”
The Ministry of National Defense’s statement also detailed that the Army is “creating medical facilities” to “provide military medical infrastructure to civil society.”
On Monday, Indian health authorities recorded more than 300,000 cases in one day for the fifth consecutive day, in addition to 2,800 deaths, breaking the daily record of deaths. In total, more than 17.3 million people have been infected with the disease, but not more than 195,000 123.