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AMC bike expedition crosses Nagaland with message to remain on guard against COVID-19

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Kohima, April 13: A 12 member motorcycle expedition of the Army Medical Corps combat warriors was received by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and Health and Family Welfare Department here today.
The expedition is being conducted marking the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” – 75 years of Indian Independence and also to commemorate 258th Army Medical Corps (AMC) Raising Day under the aegis of Directorate General of Medical Service (Army).
It was flagged off on April 3 from New Delhi and reached Nagaland’s capital Kohima today from Imphal, Manipur.
Speaking during a brief function held in honour of the expedition team at Police Headquarters junction here this morning, Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha said nobody in the North East region had imagined that a disaster like this (COVID-19) would happen other than the landslides and natural calamities. This came and has taught us a lesson that we should be prepared to face any challenges, he said.
Currently the pandemic seems to be over but with the uptick in some areas everyone needs to be on the guard, he said, adding that the pandemic is a lesson for all to be always on the guard.
He appreciated the AMC for working in the rural areas fighting the pandemic during the last two and a half years.
In Nagaland too the doctors, the medical fraternity and the frontline workers who came forward to save others’ lives and have done their best and rendered selfless service amid the pandemic and they have also sincerely fought the silent war, he said.
The Home Commissioner also flagged off the expedition, which is heading to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh before winding up on April 23 in New Delhi.
Team leader Col Rajesh W Adhau said that the expedition encompasses four Commands and 12 States including seven North East states.
During the expedition the team is visiting more than 75 Army and Civil medical establishments to motivate the doctors and paramedics “The Corona Warriors”, posted at far-flung areas providing critical medical support with ethos of shoulders behind soldiers, he said.
Unique in the annals of AMC, this motorcycle expedition is being undertaken exclusively by the health fraternity of AMC, he said adding that the expedition will cover over 10,000 km (5500 km in the jungles and mountains) over a span of 20 days of riding time.
The expedition team consists of three special officers, two medical officers, three Non-Technical Officers and two other ranks along with two reserve members from AMC. The bikes are from Jawa Motors, a special classic Army Fleet edition.
Col Adhau hoped that this unique effort would not only strengthen the Espirit De Corps and spirit of adventurism among all ranks of Army but also help in showcasing the tough and robust side of the AMC warriors.
Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM) Nagaland Dr Thorhusie Katiry and Joint CEO NSDMA Johnny Ruangmei also exhorted the gathering and wished the team success.
AMC bike expedition leaves for Tejpur from Dimapur
The motorcycle expedition team on Wednesday morning reached Dimapur and was welcomed by Lt Gen RC Tiwari, AVSM, SM, GOC Spear Corps and all ranks of Rangapahar Military Station where the team interacted with the medical fraternity of the station and conveyed compliments to them for doing their duty as front line warriors during the pandemic time.
The team reached Dimapur from Zakhama covering a distance of 100 km and to express solidarity with the riders, the team was joined by 10 local bikers from Tetseo Motorcycle Club. The GOC later flagged off the team on their onward journey to Tejpur, Assam.
The team is being led by Col Rajesh W Adhau, Sena Medal, a mountaineer, adventure enthusiast and Kargil war Veteran.
(Page News Service)