Indian Army Largest Quarantine Facility at Jaisalmer, may get Bigger

Indian Army Largest Quarantine Facility at Jaisalmer, may get Bigger

Indian Army Largest Quarantine Facility at Jaisalmer, may get Bigger: Indian military largest quarantine facility at Jaisalmer, which is currently housing almost 500 people, can be expanded, while a dozen additional facilities and military hospitals are being kept on standby, to deal with the evolving Covid-19 outbreak situation.

The Indian Armed Forces have also readied five rapid-reaction medical teams to support Saarc countries. Two battalions of troops have been moved and makeshift arrangements made for the desert facilities in Rajasthan and the one at Manesar in Haryana to quarantine Indians arriving from abroad. The facilities can house a total of 1,600 people.

According to senior official of Indian Army, they are prepared for any eventuality. The capacity of the quarantine facilities could be “ramped up” and several military hospitals pressed into service to set up isolation wards and critical care centres.

“We have standby facilities at Jaisalmer (part of the existing one), Jodhpur of the army, Vishakhapatnam of the navy and Gorakhpur of the air force. If there is a requirement, more facilities can be created,” said Brigadier Anupam Sharma of the Headquarter Integrated Defence Staff, who is the nodal officer for the defence ministry’s efforts to tackle coronavirus cases. The Jaisalmer facility is the military’s biggest, he said.

If a need arises, the entire machinery of the armed forces can be used to support the civil administration in tackling the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. Besides Jodhpur, Visakhapatnam and Gorakhpur, quarantine facilities have been kept ready at Kolkata (army), Chennai (army), Kochi (navy), Dundigal near Hyderabad (IAF), Bengaluru (IAF), Kanpur (IAF) and Jorhat (IAF).

Currently, four quarantine facilities are being run by the defence forces. These are at Manesar and Jaisalmer by the Indian Army; Hindon by the Indian Air Force and in Mumbai, which is being run by the Indian Navy.

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