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    Army trashes criticism over medical facility in Leh; terms it malicious and unsubstantiated

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    "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," the Army said.

    The Army clarified that the facility is part of the crisis expansion capacity of 100 beds and is very much part of the General Hospital complex.
    The Indian Army on Saturday termed as "malicious and unsubstantiated" criticism in some quarters about a medical facility in a military hospital in Leh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the soldiers injured in the Galwan Valley clashes. In a statement, the Army said "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."

    Prime Minister Modi made an unannounced visit to Ladakh on Friday, signalling India's firmness in dealing with the border row with China in several areas of the region.

    Modi also interacted with the soldiers who are undergoing treatment at the hospital, and told them that their bravery will be a source of inspiration for times to come.

    Following release of photographs of Modi's interaction with the injured soldiers, there were comments on Twitter that the facility did not look like a hospital as there were no medicine cabinet, I V (intravenous) stand, and other medical equipment.

    "There have been malicious and unsubstantiated accusations in some quarters regarding the status of the facility visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the General Hospital at Leh on July 3," the Army said.

    The Army further 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."

    It said the COVID-19 protocol had necessitated some wards of the 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-19 treatment hospital," it said.

    The Army said 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."

    The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks.

    The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Narasimhan Bangalore34 days ago
    There are some people who have personnel animosity with the present rulers, they think that they are the only persons who can administer the country properly. Maybe right or wrong time only will tell. But one thing is sure that there doings will not build trust in there doing. After sowing wheat can we reap rice? It all depends on one’s trust and belief!
    Ken Nihon35 days ago
    That clarification makes sense, and should silence all doubters, but for the Pappu-Vadra-Italian mafia and their anti-national media-slaves in ndtv and India Today-Aaj Tak group lead by Sardesai.
    Sk iyer35 days ago
    India is united and supports the army and the government. Identify the critics and expose them, totally unpatriotic and malicious.
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