Last month terror strikes in the country’s financial capital, Mumbai have made India’s Armed Forces to modernise their medical services so as to minimise the reaction time during emergency situation. Commenting on this, Lt Gen Yogendra Singh, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) said, “We are streamlining the disaster management system in all the major hospitals to minimise the response time from two hours to one hour.” Speaking on the occasion of Army Medical Corps anniversary, Lt Singh said that the decision to compress the response time to ease medical services to the injured at the earliest has been taken following the Mumbai carnage. He also pointed out that the earlier concept was a reaction time of six hours that has now been cut down to two hours and now armed forces are working out to respond it within an hour. On the question of the current tension between India and Pakistan, he said that all the hospitals were put on alert. He further added that as per the modernisation plan, army hospitals have been provided with the latest medical equipment such as MRI, Lasik Laser machine, oxygen generation plants. Later on speaking with the media persons on the same occasion, Director General of Medical Services (Army) Lt Gen N K Parmar said the armed forces may consider sending short service commissioned officers for the UN assignments to encourage the young people to join the services. “We are considering the proposal of giving them the opportunity to work under UN missions as it will encourage them to join the armed forces,” said Lt Parmar.
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