Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Ladakh, the Ministry of Defence issued a statement clarifying misinformation regarding the status of the General Hospital visited by PM Modi in Leh on Friday, July 3.
After the pictures of PM Modi's hospital visit were posted on government handles, netizens took to social media and pointed out that the facility where soldiers were being treated looked like a 'conference room'.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Defence read, 'It is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how our brave Armed Forces are treated. The Armed Forces give the best possible treatment to their personnel.'
Read the full statement here
The Indian Army, in a statement, said, "It is clarified that the said facility is part of the Crisis Expansion capacity of 100 beds and is very much part of the General Hospital complex. The COVID-19 protocol had necessitated some wards of the General Hospital to be converted into isolation facilities. Hence, this hall which otherwise was normally used as a Training Audio Video Hall was converted into a ward ever since the hospital was also designated as COVID treatment hospital."
PM Modi's visit to Ladakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told injured troops at the army hospital in Leh on Friday, as he visited the Himalayan region to deliver a message to China. "The bravehearts who left us, have not left us without a reason. Together, you all gave a fitting reply (karara jawab bhi diya hai)," he told the injured soldiers, adding their bravery will be a source of inspiration for times to come and 130 crore Indians are proud of them.