New Delhi, July 4, 2020: After many people questioned the hospital ward in Leh visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday to meet the Army jawans injured in Galwan Valley clashes, Indian Army today issued a clarification.
People have posted on Twitter that a conference room was converted into a hospital for a Photo op of PM Modi’s Visit to Leh.”No medicine table, No doctor, No bandage, No sleeping patient, No Drip, No Oxygen Cylinder, No Ventilators”, is the common posts.
The Army issued a press release which states, “There have been malicious and unsubstantiated accusations in some quarters regarding the status of the facility visited by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to the General Hospital at Leh on July 03, 2020. It is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how our brave Armed Forces are treated. The Armed Forces give the best possible treatment to their personnel.
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 injured braves 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 the Army Commander have also visited the injured braves in the same location”, Army press release stated.