In keeping with the government decision to open afresh a military hospital in Tajikistan, the Army Medical Corps (AMC) is ready to send a team of 70 personnel, including 10 officers, within an hour of getting orders. India closed down a hospital run by it there a decade ago.

Tajikistan shares border with Afghanistan and the decision to re-open the hospital comes ahead of the proposed drawdown by the U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2014. The AMC now operates four medical camps in Afghanistan, in Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Herat.

“We are ready to set up a 45-bed field hospital there any time,” Chief of Armed Forced Medical Services Lt. Gen. H.L. Kakria said at a press conference on Friday.

The AMC has opened four field hospitals in the north-eastern too. Its 248{+t}{+h}anniversary falls on January 1.

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