Amarnath Yatra tragedy: Dir Health monitors rescue operation at Baltal

Srinagar: Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather personally monitored the rescue operation from Friday evening about the Baltal cloudbrust that caused casualties of yatris in the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.

The director reached Baltal Base camp hospital to take stock of the Disaster Preparedness in the backdrop of the unfortunate incident that happened at Upper Holy Cave wherein there have been casualties of pilgrims and a number of yatris have been missing and injured.

As soon as he reached Baltal base camp hospital, he took an emergency meeting with CMO Ganderbal, Medical Director Yatra Baltal, Nodal Officer Yatra DHSK along with other concerned officers and officials associated with Disaster Management Unit at Baltal Base Camp Hospital.

DHSK took current status of logistics, equipments, drugs especially emergency drugs along with manpower to provide uninterrupted health care to yatris.

Accordingly, in order to augment supply to the highest possible level, he roped in all the aforesaid requirements from all adjacent districts so that there is no shortage of any supplies once the injured are received at Baltal Base Camp Hospital.

He personally called all I/Cs of the health centres located adjacent to the situation site and enquired about the current situation along with the requisition as per the categories of the injured patient.

Earlier, he directed the adjacent CMOs to depute surgeons, orthopaedicians, anaesthetists to Baltal Base Camp Hospital. He informed that a total of 16 mobile specialist teams have been constituted to avoid any eventuality.

He along with CMO Ganderbal also attended an important disaster management meeting at Joint Police Control Room wherein all the Yatra District, UT, Divisional Officers were present to strategize the mitigation plan.

The director also said that all the health care workers deputed for Amarnath Yatra duties are safe at their respective locations and health care facilities.

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