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Jun 07, 2020

ITBP opens its countrywide health centres for veterans suffering from Covid19

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has thrown open the gates of its countrywide health centres and hospitals for its veterans suffering from the novel coronavirus. ITBP Director General SS Deswal said the decision has been taken after the force came across media reports of people facing problems in getting admission or treatment at COVID-19 designated hospitals.
He said, ITBP Jawans have sweated throughout their life and we do not want that they suffer and hence all our veterans are being offered health services in case anyone of them are affected by COVID-19. He further said that all hospitals of the force throughout the country will admit veterans with coronavirus infection and treat them.
The ITBP has about 20,000 retired and dependent personnel. The ITBP runs a super specialty Referral hospital for the Central Armed Police Forces in Greater Noida, has two base hospitals at Tigri in Delhi and Kimin in Arunachal Pradesh and composite hospitals at Dehradun and Chandigarh apart from health centres at its every base in the country.
The ITBP DG said the COVID-19 situation is under control in the force as protocols are strictly followed by field units.
Mr Deswal said, everyone of you have contributed in this tense period and we are grateful and proud of our doctors and para-medical staff who have sincerely and with utmost dedication treated our troops and policemen from all forces working in the national capital region.
The ITBP was the first organisation in the country to have created a 1,000-bed quarantine centre for coronavirus-affected people.
The centre in Chhawla area of south-west Delhi has treated about 1,200 people including 42 foreigners who were brought to India on special evacuation flights from Wuhan in China and Italy after the COVID-19 outbreak a few months back.
The facility is still operational and is taking care of those ITBP troops who are joining back work after easing of restrictions imposed during the countrywide lockdown.
It also created the first standard operating procedures for management of the pandemic among the various CAPFs and central and state police organisations.

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