Gurez, Mar 09: Dawar Battalion of Snow Leopard Brigade airlifted four patients including a 10-days-old infant and a young girl diagnosed with heart attack.
According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), army in a statement said that presently, the Gurez Valley is cut off from Kashmir due to unprecedented heavy snowfall this winter which has led to closure of Bandipora-Gurez road for over three months now.
The spokesman said that on 09 March, Dawar Garrison of Snow Leopard Brigade received a requisition from civil administration for evacuation of critical civil patients.
“Dawar has a civil hospital with limited advance diagnostic and treatment facilities. To overcome the problem of scarce resources, the medical team of Dawar Battalion and Sub Division Hospital in Gurez has achieved a high degree of cohesion and synergy with an aim to provide medical aid to locals and army personnel alike.”
“The Army evacuated four critically ill patients from different villages around Dawar. The most critical was a young girl of Village Markut diagnosed with Acute Coronary Syndrome. On receipt of distress call from civil administration, gallant soldiers of our army removed snow from the Gurez Helipad which had accumulated due to continuous snowfall for last three days, ” the spokesman said.
He said that the critically ill patient was stabilised by the Medical Team of the Dawar Battalion at the Helipad before she could be airlifted and evacuated.
“The locals thanked the Commander, Snow Leopard Brigade for the support extended to the Gurezis time and again. The goodwill gesture of the Army will go a long way in strengthening the bonds between the Army and the Awaam.”