In anticipation of the upcoming G-20 Summit in the national capital, the Indian Army has taken proactive measures to ensure the availability of medical teams and resources to handle potential emergencies. The Indian Army has deployed Quick Reaction Medical Teams, consisting of doctors and paramedical staff, to four major hospitals in Delhi. These hospitals include All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and Army Research and Referral Hospital.
These fully equipped medical teams are prepared to respond to various medical emergencies and are complemented by specialist Corps of Engineers units, ready to address any unforeseen situations. Additionally, Army Research and Referral Hospital has been placed on standby to provide support if required.
According to senior officials from AIIMS Trauma Centre, the Army medical teams have been deployed with a specific focus on addressing Chemical, Biological, Radiation, and Nuclear (CBRN) disasters. Training for doctors at various hospitals, including AIIMS Trauma Centre, Safdarjung Hospital, and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, commenced on September 4.
An official from AIIMS Trauma Centre confirmed the presence of a team of 25 Army doctors, which includes both senior and junior medical professionals, ready to provide critical medical assistance during the G-20 Summit.
While the hospitals, including AIIMS, RML, Safdarjung, and Lady Hardinge, are on high alert to manage medical emergencies, it’s important to note that this heightened state of readiness will not disrupt regular medical services for outpatients and other patient care activities.
Special Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been put in place at the hospitals to effectively handle various medical emergencies, including the management of chemical disasters.
Dr. Ajay Shukla, Director and Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital, explained, “We have a deployment of Army doctors and Army personnel for first aid and decontamination, they will remain in the hospital till September 12.”
In addition to medical support within hospitals, extensive arrangements have been made for the safety and well-being of attendees and the public during the G-20 Summit. These include the deployment of advanced life support (ALS) systems and ambulance services to accompany VIP convoys, ensuring swift medical assistance if needed.
The G-20 Summit is scheduled to take place from September 9 to 10 at the newly constructed international convention and exhibition center, Bharat Mandapam, located at Pragati Maidan in Delhi. This global event is expected to bring together more than 30 heads of state, top officials from the European Union and invited guest countries, and 14 heads of international organizations.
The Indian Army’s deployment of medical teams and the establishment of comprehensive medical response protocols underscore the commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment during the G-20 Summit in Delhi. These measures demonstrate the readiness to address potential health-related challenges and emergencies that may arise during the event.