Over 125 ex-servicemen volunteer to work as COVID warriors in J&K

Srinagar: More than 125 ex-servicemen, including 27 medicos from the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir had volunteered to be COVID-19 warriors to augment the existing manpower of civil administration to fight against the deadly virus, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.
He said since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020, the Chinar Corps of the Indian Army had been contributing to the efforts of the civil administration and the citizens to combat the virus in the UT.
In this second wave of COVID, various activities are being undertaken by Chinar Corps across the length and breadth of Kashmir, notably amongst them are reactivation of 250 bedded Dedicated Covid Care Centre at Rangreth, establishing two 20-bedded facility with High Dependency Units in Baramulla and Uri. Some more such facilities to treat COVID patients were in advanced stages of planning and were being established at different places, he said.
He said ex-servicemen of the three services had volunteered to be COVID warriors and 127 such veterans from UT had reported, augmenting the existing manpower of civil administration, including 27 medics. They have been divided into teams of ten each and have already reported to their respective district collectors.
He said a total of 1412 Ex-servicemen had volunteered and would be deployed as per requirement.
A spokesman said boosting the COVID infrastructure in Kashmir, the Indian Army was pooling in the oxygen cylinders with Army establishments to be made available to civil administration to be used in augmenting the existing oxygen supply of Kashmir.
Ration and COVID kits were also being distributed among the people belonging to a humble background and people from Gurjar and Bakharwal communities in forward areas. The army medics have also augmented the UT government efforts for vaccination drive in forward areas.
He said the Army was regularly organising Khairiyat Patrols, where local Army establishments were sending patrols along with nursing assistants to the villages and distributing medicines, masks, sanitisers, PPE kits as well as other items essential to fight the COVID pandemic. More than 50 such activities were taking place daily in Kashmir, he said, adding this pandemic is a national challenge and all must jointly work to combat it.

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