Those pellet-hit victims who have been seriously injured in Kashmir protests and require “advanced” treatment are likely to be airlifted to Delhi, for treatment.
A team from AIIMS in New Delhi has arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday evening to assist the state. Official sources said that doctors are “cornea and retina specialists.”
“Our plan is that the victims will be checked by the AIIMS doctors and then they would take a final call who all require special treatment,” a senior health ministry official told The Indian Express. “Those who need specialized treatment will be airlifted to AIIMS where they will be provided free treatment.”
WATCH VIDEO: Kashmir Protests: Visuals Of Curfew In the State
The official said that AIIMS have advanced machines and they can provide better treatment to these pellet hit victims.”
Prof Atul Kumar, Chief and Professor of Ophthalmology at Dr RP Centre, AIIMS, confirmed the development. “Patients with pellet injuries who need specialized treatment will be airlifted to AIIMS for treatment,” he said.
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday rushed a team of eye specialists from AIIMS, New Delhi, to valley where hospitals are facing a crisis in treating eye injuries, given the high number of pellet injuries being referred amid the ongoing unrest.
In a statement issued in the evening, the ministry said Union Health Minister J P Nadda has assured all support to the state government. Nadda later tweeted, “We have sent a team of senior eye experts/spec ialists from AIIMS to J&K to assist the State. The team has reached Srinagar.”