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CDS informs PM Modi: Retired medical personnel to be recalled for Covid duty

On Monday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat met the Prime Minister and informed him that retired medical personnel or those who had taken premature retirement in the last two years were being recalled to assist in Covid-19 facilities within the proximity of their present place of residence.

CDS informs PM Modi: Retired medical personnel to be recalled for Covid duty-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Apr 26, 2021, 8:01 PM IST
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Amid the worsening Covid-19 situation across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparations and operations carried out by the Indian armed forces to handle the crisis. 

On Monday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat met the Prime Minister and informed him that retired medical personnel or those who had taken premature retirement in the last two years were being recalled to assist in Covid-19 facilities within the proximity of their present place of residence. 

He also informed the prime minister that other retired medical officers have been requested to make their services available for consultation through medical emergency helplines.

"PM was informed that all medical officers on staff appointments at Command HQ, Corps HQ, Division HQ & similar HQ of Navy and Air-Force will be employed at hospitals," an official statement said.

The CDS further informed him that nursing personnel are being employed in large numbers to assist the doctors at the hospitals. 

Prime Minister Modi was also briefed that oxygen cylinders available with armed forces in various establishments will be released for hospitals.

The CDS informed the prime minister about the initiatives started by the Indian armed forces to create medical facilities in large numbers and be made available to civilians.

The Indian Air Force has pressed in its resources to airlift cryogenic oxygen containers and other medical equipment in India and abroad. 

During their review meeting, PM Modi discussed that Kendriya and Rajya Sainik Welfare Boards and Officers posted in various headquarters in veterans cells may be instructed to coordinate the services of veterans to extend the reach to the maximum extent possible, including in remote areas. 

India on Monday registered the highest single-day surge in the Covid cases to 3,52,991 in the last 24-hour, taking the tally to 1,73,13,163. A total of 2812 people lost their lives in a single day.

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