DIMAPUR, MAY 6: Army hospitals in Nagaland have not yet received any directive to start functioning as COVID hospitals for civilians.
For some days now, there has been in circulation across social platforms a message titled “Finally A Good News”, which claims that the Indian Army has announced to open all its Military Hospitals for COVID treatment of civilians.
It further lists the name of 134 Military Hospitals across the country, including 2 in Nagaland.
However, an Army official told Nagaland Page on Thursday that they have not received any such list or confirmation from the Defence Ministry.
According to the PRO of Defence (Kohima), Lt Col Sumit K Sharma, till date the Defence Ministry has approved 50 AFMS (Armed Forces Medical Sciences) Hospitals (42 Army, 5 Air Force & 3 Navy) to be designated as “Dedicated & Mixed COVID Hospitals”, where besides the entitled clientele of AFMS (serving personnel, dependents, veterans, and their dependents), civilians can also be admitted subject to referral by the local health authority after ascertaining bed availability at these facilities.
“We have not received the list of the names of those 50 AFMS Hospitals,” he said, adding that the message naming 134 Military Hospitals as COVID facilities was false. (Page News Service)