Op CO-JEET launched by armed forces to fight COVID-19 in India: Lt Gen Kanitkar

Op CO-JEET launched by armed forces to fight COVID-19 in India: Lt Gen Kanitkar

New Delhi, May 3

Treating the present coronavirus wave like a battle, the armed forces have launched operation “CO-JEET” to help anti-COVID-19 efforts, like strengthening medical infrastructure and oxygen provide chains, in addition to take measures to make sure the psychological wellbeing of individuals.

Besides medical remedy, sufferers want the reassurance that they are going to be wonderful and “in times of stress if you have someone to talk to, it makes a huge difference,” stated Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) Lieutenant General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar.

Lt Gen Kanitkar, who’s the third lady to grow to be a three-star basic in the armed forces, is working around the clock to strategise and monitor steps to present reduction to COVID-19 sufferers.

Often seen on the transfer and mingling together with her workers, particularly on the COVID-19 centre arrange by the Defence Research and Development Organisation close to the Delhi airport, Lt Gen Kanitkar advised PTI that COVID-19 sufferers want reassurance that each one can be wonderful and “I believe more in conviction therapy and making them smile”.

The second COVID-19 wave has put large stress on the nation’s well being system, with well being services in a number of states reeling below a scarcity of oxygen, medicines and gear wanted to deal with coronavirus sufferers and in addition beds.

“Under the “CO-JEET” plan, personnel of the three wings of the armed forces – the Army, the Indian Air Force and the Navy – have been pressed into service to help restore oxygen supply chains, set up COVID beds and provide help to the civilian administration in its fight to control the pandemic,” stated the Lt General, whose put up of deputy chief built-in defence workers (medical) comes below the Chief of Defence Staff.

Like each healthcare employee in the nation, groups of personnel of the armed forces are additionally working around the clock, the senior officer stated. 

“In addition to the ongoing COVID situation, most ex-servicemen are also coming to military hospitals. In cities like Delhi and Pune, we have made 400-500 bed hospitals purely for defence and ex-servicemen,” she stated.

Efforts are additionally underway to present further beds throughout the nation for combined COVID-19 administration, Kanitkar stated.

Giving particulars about operation “CO-JEET”, Lt Gen Kanitkar, whose husband additionally retired as a lieutenant basic from the Army making them the one couple to have reached the place, stated that “undoubtedly this is a war-like situation and every wing of the nation is doing its best as common citizens are affected by this pandemic.”

She stated the Department of Defence has created a COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee and “we are working on it on a war footing together”. 

“CO-JEET stands for co-workers of all the three services who will finally achieve ‘Jeet’ (victory) over COVID. The whole team is working in a very energised way because a soldier is trained to fight under adverse situations and he doesn’t give up, we are not just doctors, we are soldiers,” the Lt General stated. 

“We are totally charged up and working like that to provide care to defence personnel and relief to the civil administration,” she stated.

On the scarcity of oxygen, she stated that “some of the military hospitals have their own oxygen generation plants. However, the present crises have shown that we need to further ramp up this facility and already around 46 oxygen generation plants are being installed at various places”.

“Besides this, we have a capacity of holding jumbo cylinders and of oxygen concentration from fields,” the officer stated and thanked the Indian Oil Corporation for extending help for transportation of oxygen.

She highlighted the concerted efforts of all of the three wings of the armed forces and their help. 

“The IAF carried out a number of sorties to bring (oxygen cryogenic) containers from abroad besides putting on track the supply chain for oxygen,” Lt Gen Kanitkar stated.

The Indian Navy transported liquid oxygen to locations like Andaman and Nicobar Island, Lakshadweep and the Indian Army gave its navy coaches for carrying oxygen provides to varied elements of the nation, she stated, including that round 200 drivers had been pressed into service for guaranteeing clean provide of the oxygen.

Lt Gen Kanitkar, who’s a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and different awards, was not too long ago on the Sardar Patel COVID Centre.

“When I came to know that some of my own staff members have fallen sick due to the virus, I wasted no time in reaching out to them so that they understand that we are with them,” she stated.

Spending practically 16 hours at work, she, whereas thanking her husband for ethical help, reasoned out her visits to COVID care centres, saying “I am trying to get to the ground not to look at the machines only but the man behind the machines and as always taught in the Army, I want to lead them from the front.”

At the centre, she advised members of her workforce who examined constructive for the virus: “You see I am a paediatrician and a paediatrician does not grow beyond 15 years. You have everything — bread and butter — and I have only come to add some jam to your sandwiches and remind you that this too shall pass.”

“I am inspired by the quote of late President A P J Abdul Kalam who wrote ‘difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realise your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know that you too are difficult,” the Lt General stated.

Commissioned in the Army in 1982, Kanitkar was appointed because the dean of Armed Forces Medical College the place she earned the nickname of ‘Rajmaata’. 

When requested about it she burst into laughter and stated “this is a fact that my team did nickname me this and that was because I always believed in finding solutions to the problem”.

“The same principle is followed today because being a woman and a mother, you have eyes at the back to get out of the box ideas and it does help you,” she stated. PTI


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