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Indian Army Rubbishes Reports Questioning The Status Of Healthcare Facility PM Modi Visited

The Indian Army, calling the accusations “malicious and unsubstantiated”, said it is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how Indian soldiers and armed forces are treated.

The Indian Army today issued a statement rubbishing the reports questioning the status of healthcare facility at Leh which was visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 4.

The Indian Army, calling the accusations “malicious and unsubstantiated”, said it is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how Indian soldiers and armed forces are treated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his visit to Nimu base in Leh, Ladakh addressed  Indian troops and later visited a military hospital treating soldiers injured in the violent stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in the Galwan Valley.

After PM’s surprise visit, many on social media took this opportunity to share images released by government handles, pointing out that the facility where soldiers were being treated looked like a ‘conference room’.

The Indian Army, in its statement, said, “It is clarified that the said facility is part of the Crisis Expansion capacity of 100 beds and is very much part of the General Hospital complex. The COVID-19 protocol had necessitated some wards of the General Hospital to be converted into isolation facilities. Hence, this hall which otherwise was normally used as a Training Audio Video Hall was converted into a ward ever since the hospital was also designated as COVID treatment hospital.”

The army also clarified in its statement that the injured soldiers have been kept there since their arrival from Galwan to ensure quarantine from COVID areas. The Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane and Army Commander have visited the soldiers in the same location.

 

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