Indian Army Conducts Medical Conference on High Altitude Illnesses


In a bid to enhance medical preparedness in high-altitude regions, the Indian Army organized a one-day training program titled Continuous Medical Education (CME) in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, on May 4, 2024.

The event saw participation from troops, paramedics, and personnel from paramilitary forces serving in the challenging terrain of Tawang. Indian Army medics shared insights and experiences on saving lives amidst high-altitude illnesses and unpredictable incidents exacerbated by adverse weather conditions.

High altitude poses significant risks to individuals working in such regions worldwide, including those in the Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, and organizations like the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) engaged in projects such as Vartak, Arunank, Dantak, and Himank.

The training capsule, organized under the Gajraj Corps, aimed to enhance the capabilities of medical personnel in dealing with emergencies arising from challenging weather and terrain conditions. Notably, the program was attended by medical professionals from paramilitary and civilian administrations, highlighting the excellent jointmanship and coordination between the Indian Army and civil authorities.

Key topics discussed during the conference included acclimatization procedures, physiological conditioning, risk factors investigation, traditional treatment approaches, and management of cold injuries and various high-altitude illnesses like Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, and High Altitude Retinal Hemorrhage.

In addition to academic discussions and lectures, the event featured practical demonstrations on preventive care measures. Civil doctors and medical professionals from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) expressed satisfaction at the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and exchange best practices with the Indian Army.

The event, held at the Army’s field hospital near Sela Pass en route to Tawang, catered not only to the army but also to the local populace and a large number of tourists traveling to Tawang throughout the year.

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