Kupwara, 5 Jan, 2021: It had been snowing for nearly 24 hours, when at 2330 hours the Indian Army at the COB Karalpura, Kupwara received a distress call from a Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh r/o village Pharkian, Kupwara. The individual informed that his wife Shabnam Begum was undergoing labour, was in pain and needed to be immediately evacuated to a medical facility. Due to heavy snowfall and arduous weather conditions, neither a community health service vehicle nor civil transport vehicle was available, furthermore the same would only be possible after the snow was cleared from the road.
“Understanding the gravity of the situation and plight of the family, the army troops at Karalpura along with battlefield nursing assistants and medical comforts, reached the spot on time. The troops escorted the lady and the family for about 2 kilometer in knee deep snow till the road head, from where she was taken to Karalpura hospital. Upon reaching hospital the lady was immediately attended by the medical staff which coordinated beforehand by the Army with the civil administration.” Said an Indian Army Spokesperson.
“The unit furthering its efforts of Jawaan and Awam initiative, once again reached out to the needy of the Area of Responsibility thus establishing their faith in the Army. The family and the civil administration thanked the unit for its humanitarian efforts and recognised the Indian Army as the true friend of the people at the time of distress. The father came to the COB to distribute sweets to all troops in the COB after being blessed with a healthy boy.” added the official. BMO Mr. Shafi also called up the army camp to thank and inform them of the positive development, saying “Thank you Army! It's a baby boy!"