The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday rushed a three-member team of eye specialists from AIIMS in New Delhi to Jammu and Kashmir to assist the state in treating people who have been injured following violent unrest after killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
"Health Minister J P Nadda has directed a three member high level team of eye specialists from AIIMS in New Delhi to be sent to Jammu and Kashmir to assist the state in providing medical care to the persons injured in the on-going law and order problem in the State," an official statement said, adding: "The team has reached the state."
The move comes after former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister to send specialist doctors to the Valley for treating the injured.
Nadda has also assured all support to the state government.
According to reports, hundreds of people have been injured while nearly 100 people have undergone eye surgeries due to excessive use of pellet guns by the security forces to control the protesters.
Nadda later tweeted: "We have sent a team of senior eye experts/specialists from AIIMS to J&K to assist the State. The team has reached Srinagar."
Earlier in the day, Abdullah said it was the time to reach out to the Valley with a healing touch and had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send specialist doctors to the Valley for treating the injured.
"Hon (Honourable) @narendramodi ji. After Kerala fire you carried a plane load of burn specialists with you. Please send eye/trauma specialists to Kashmir," he said.
"Please don't let the fact that these youngsters people have been injured in protests stop us from giving the best care possible. Thank you jenab," he said.
CPI(M) MLA Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami had also earlier said that the Centre should have dispatched doctors and medicines instead of more troops to Kashmir Valley in the wake of large-scale violence.
Earlier, an official spokesman said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to the Union Health Minister J P Nadda this morning, requesting him to send a specialized team of doctors including retina surgeons to Kashmir to take care of the injured who have suffered ophthalmic and other traumas, an official spokesman said.