A senior commando of the National Security Guard (NSG) succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday morning at the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Hospital in Greater Noida. Notably, it is the first coronavirus related death in the NSG. Group Commander (coordination) BK Jha was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 19.
Jha was shifted to the CAPF Hospital as his health deteriorated. He was reportedly recovering from the virus. However, his health worsened on the intervening night of May 4 and 5. “When we realised, he was critical, we asked the officer to be put on a ventilator. Unfortunately, the two ventilators at the hospital were non-functional,” reported India Today quoting sources in NSG as saying. Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra Awardee, Cremated With Full Military Honours in Bengaluru.
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According to a report by the media house, AIIMS was contacted first, but the hospital officials expressed their inability to make arrangements in such a short notice. Notably, the CAPF Hospital does not have a specialised ambulance to shift Jha to Fortis. After some time, the NSG dispatched one of its Advanced Cardiac Life Support Ambulances (ACLS), but it was too late. The officer suffered a cardia arrest at 2:30 am when he was being taken to into the ambulance. He breathed his last at around 3 am.
Group Commander BK Jha was a 1993-batch officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) cadre. He belonged to Bihar. In 2018, Jha joined NSG on deputation. Over 400 NSG troops have contacted COVID-19 so far. There are close to 60 active coronavirus infection in the force.