'Audio Video Hall Converted': Army After Row Over PM's Hospital Photos

Many questioned the presence of a projector within the hospital ward PM Modi visited in Ladakh.

Highlights

  • Images of PM Modi’s go to to the hospital triggered an argument on-line
  • Allegations “malicious and unsubstantiated”, stated Indian Military
  • PM Modi made an unannounced go to to Ladakh on Friday

New Delhi:

The Indian Military on Saturday stated allegations {that a} medical ward had been set as much as stage a photograph op for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to a navy hospital in Ladakh have been “malicious and unsubstantiated”. The medical ward was an audio-video coaching room that had been transformed as a part of the COVID-19 protocol lengthy earlier than PM Modi’s go to, it stated.

“It’s unlucky that aspersions are being forged on how our courageous Armed Forces are handled. The armed forces give the absolute best remedy to their personnel,” the military stated in an announcement.

Prime Minister Modi made an unannounced go to to Ladakh on Friday, weeks after a conflict with Chinese language troops left 20 Indian troopers lifeless. He additionally met soldiers who were injured and are being handled on the hospital.

The federal government billed PM Modi’s go to to the Nimu in Ladakh as one to a “ahead location” in Ladakh regardless that the Galwan valley, the place the conflict befell, is no less than 200 km by highway and Nimu has lengthy been a well-liked vacationer vacation spot. Ahead posts are usually inside 40 km of the frontline and fall inside vary of enemy hearth.

Pictures launched by the BJP and the federal government of PM Modi’s go to to the hospital additionally triggered an argument on-line as many stated that the power didn’t appear like a hospital as there have been no medication cupboards, intravenous fluid stands, and different medical tools.

Some even noticed a projector hanging from the ceiling as PM Modi posed subsequent troopers on tidy beds with wheels in a glowing clear room.

Rubbishing the allegations, the Indian Military issued an announcement on Saturday, saying, “There have been malicious and unsubstantiated accusations in some quarters concerning the standing of the power visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout his go to to the Common Hospital at Leh on July 3.”

“It’s clarified that the stated facility is a part of the Disaster Enlargement capability of 100 beds and could be very a lot a part of the Common Hospital complicated,” it added.

It stated the COVID-19 protocol had necessitated some wards of the hospital to be transformed into isolation services.

“Therefore, this corridor which in any other case was usually used as a Coaching Audio Video Corridor was transformed right into a ward ever for the reason that hospital was additionally designated as COVID-19 remedy hospital,” it stated.

The military stated the “injured braves have been saved there since their arrival from Galwan to make sure quarantine from COVID areas. The Chief of Military Workers Common M M Naravane and the Military Commander have additionally visited the injured braves in the identical location.”