Amid border escalation, health department ‘confident’ to tackle any situation

Pardeep Singh Bali

Amid border skirmishes and escalating tension, the health department of Jammu claimed to be confident enough to tackle any situation arisen.
Talking to Newspoint, Director health-Dr Gurjeet Singh Soodan said that they have received instructions from the concerned ministry to remain prepared with all the equipments and man power. “Owing to prevailing tension along the borders and Line of Control, the health department in Jammu has been asked to remained prepared to deal with any kind of insurgency,” said Dr Soodan, adding soon after receiving the orders, the health department Jammu issued circular to all the district and sub district hospitals.
Dr Soodan said that all the concerned Chief Medical Officers have been advised to remain alert. “The health department has announced High Alert across the region, especially five border districts, wherein CMOs have been asked to keep all the important equipments, Ambulances and manpower ready to tackle the situation,” said Dr Soodan, adding, “The major alert is sounded in border villages of Samba, Kathua, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri.” Talking about the services of the health department, Dr Soodan said
that all the hospitals have been equipped with critical care unit, important life saving drugs and a team of doctors.
“We have received information regarding migration of border residents and the teams have been asked to gauge the situation and provide timely medical treatment to all,” he said and added that as per reports, Jammu district is the major sufferer of the border migration, followed by Kathua and partially from Samba and Poonch.
He further said that the situation along the borders is grim, but health department and its associated hospitals across the region are well prepared to deal with any kind of insurgency.
It is pertinent to mention here that since Indian army carried out surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), the situation along the line of control is grim and border residents are off and on migrating to safer places.

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