Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to brief him about the preparations undertaken by the Armed Forces to help the country fight the rapid surge in COVID-19 infections across the country.
According to the official statement from the Prime Minister's Office, General Rawat briefed the Prime Minister that medical personnel who had retired or had taken pre-mature retirement within the last two years from the Armed Forces were recalled and asked to work in COVID-19 facilities near their current residences.
The statement also said, "Other medical officers who retired earlier have also been requested to make their services available for consultation through medical emergency helplines."
General Rawat also informed PM Modi that nursing personnel were being similarly deployed in large numbers to support the doctors at COVID-19 facilities. Along with nurses and doctors from the Armed Forces, all medical officers currently on staff appointment duty at Command HQ, Corps HQ, Division HQ and equivalent HQ of the Navy and Air Force were also being redeployed to COVID-19 hospitals.
Prime Minister Modi and General Rawat also discussed using Kendriya And Rajya Sainik Welfare boards and officers deployed in veteran cells to coordinate with the veterans to ensure maximum reach across the nation.
General Rawat also informed the Prime Minister that oxygen cylinders present with the Armed forces were being released to hospitals in need.
Operations currently being conducted by the Air Force to transport essential goods like lifesaving drugs and oxygen were also reviewed. The CDS also informed PM Modi about the conversion of military medical infrastructure for civilian use wherever feasible along with the Armed Forces' efforts to construct additional medical facilities in large numbers as soon as possible.