INDIA. Nagpur: Lieutenant General HS Kahlon, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Maharashtra Gujarat & Goa area, visited Army Establishments in Nagpur and Kamptee on Friday and Saturday reviewed the disaster relief work carried out by Army units to assist civil authorities.
He called on Air Marshal Vibhas Pande, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, and had an interactive discussion. Later he was briefed by Major General Dinesh Hooda, General Officer Commanding, Uttar Maharashtra and Gujarat Sub Area, about the active role being played by Sub Area in Humanitarian Aid in Disaster Relief and Welfare of Ex-Servicemen.
The GOC appreciated the timely assistance provided during the flood relief in Chandrapur District on July 19 and July 20 during recent floods, wherein more than 100 civilians were evacuated, a Defence spokesman said.
Lieutenant General HS Kahlon visited Kamptee on Saturday, where he was briefed about improvements in the station, including Military Hospital facilities and the logistic storage capability of the Cantonment.
The Kamptee military hospital is believed to have Asia’s largest general ward. It was built in 1937 and is now an important section of the hospital that the British established in 1928.
The single ward, over 100 meters in length, has 110 beds. Unlike a typical government hospital, patients are sometimes found lying on the floor due to bed shortages.
The wards in this hospital are big and well-kept. The colonial architecture adds grandeur, while the ventilation keeps the chamber cool even in Nagpur’s hot. Patients suffering from illnesses ranging from fever to mental distress are treated here. Another section of the hospital is used as an isolation ward for patients with contagious disorders.