Army Base Hospital commandant’s sudden transfer triggers speculation

The commandant of the military’s Base Hospital in Delhi, Main Common Vasu Vardhan, has been transferred out of the premier hospital, triggering hypothesis in some army circles concerning the motive behind the sudden transfer that got here barely three months earlier than the army physician’s retirement, individuals acquainted with the event mentioned on Wednesday.

However senior officers within the Military Headquarters mentioned it was a routine switch after the completion of the standard 18-month tenure.

Vardhan has been posted on the Delhi-based Military Hospital (Analysis and Referral) as an extra officer and is being changed by Main Common SK Singh, deputy commandant of the Military Medical Corps Centre and School, Lucknow. The Directorate Common of Medical Companies (Military) issued the switch order on Might 10.

The change of guard on the Base Hospital comes at an important juncture when its infrastructure has been stretched by a deluge of coronavirus (Covid-19) instances amongst serving troopers, veterans and their dependents.

“The commandant has accomplished greater than 18 months in his present appointment. It’s a routine posting carried out as half of a bigger plan of HR administration throughout the Armed Forces Medical Companies (AFMS),” a senior official within the Military Headquarters mentioned.

The Base Hospital was transformed into an all-Covid-19 facility for troopers, veterans and their dependents in April after a second wave of infections tightened its grip on the nation.

“It’s uncommon for a hospital commandant to be moved out like this three months earlier than retirement. I believe there’s extra to this than meets the attention,” mentioned a former director normal of the AFMS, asking to not be named.

Vardhan refused to touch upon his switch. “Nothing from my facet on this,” he mentioned.

The Base Hospital at present has 650 beds, however its capability will likely be elevated to 900 oxygenated beds by mid-June to cater to the rising affected person load.

Greater than 5,000 troopers from the three providers are at present present process Covid-19 remedy in army hospitals throughout the nation, virtually a five-fold leap in hospital admissions in three weeks after the second wave erupted, as reported by Hindustan Occasions on Wednesday.

The instances underneath hospitalisation within the army elevated from 1,067 on April 18 to five,134 on Might 10, reflecting in some measure the broader nationwide development of a surge in coronavirus infections.

The 1.5-million robust armed forces have executed a greater job than others in checking the transmission of the virus and protecting the mortality fee exceptionally low by adhering to strict Covid-19 protocols — 133 deaths of serving troopers have been reported for the reason that pandemic broke out final 12 months.

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