Operation Dost: General Manoj Pande lauds Indian Army medical team for Turkey humanitarian assistance, says quick mobilization shows force’s operational preparedness

Team India Sentinels Tuesday 21st of February 2023 03:32 PM

An Indian Army medical officer tending an injured girl in Turkey. (Photo: Indian Army) 

New Delhi: The Indian Army chief, General Manoj Pande, applauded the force’s medical team for rendering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to earthquake-hit Turkey, on Tuesday. He said the Army was proud of the team and asserted that the mobilization of a field hospital in a short time indicates the service’s operational preparedness.

It may be noted that the Agra-based 60 Para Field Hospital was mobilized and dispatched to Turkey’s quake-hit Iskenderun, Hatay within hours, on February 7, where it quickly set up a field hospital and started treating the injured rescued from the debris.

The Army chief said this at an event hosted at Nalanda Auditorium in the premises of the Army Base Hospital at Delhi cantonment, after interacting with members of the medical team, which returned to the country on Monday.

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Gen Pande said, “We are proud of our medical team for rendering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to quake-hit people in Turkey.”

Later, talking to reporters, Gen Pande said, “Within a short period of time, the Indian Army medical team established a 30-bed field hospital in Iskenderun region. The timely decision and excellent inter-agency coordination among all stakeholders made them among the first few medical teams to reach TTurkey.” He then added, “Mobilisation of field hospitals in such a short time in Turkey also indicates the operational preparedness they maintain at all times.”

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“Our medical team is extremely appreciative of the assistance and cooperation extended to them by Turkish citizens,” Gen Pande said.

India had launched “Operation Dost” to extend assistance to Turkey and Syria after the two countries were hit by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake on February 6, which has killed nearly 50,000 people, so far.

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