On the battlefield, Andwan Jadesh used to heal wounds of wounded soldiers.

SECONDERABAD: It wasn't just about handling carbines or automatic loading rifles. Rather than using weapons against the enemy, Naib Subedar had a responsibility: to heal the wounded in the operations carried out by the army.

Entering the army was a natural choice for Ramana Reddy. He comes from the Giddalur district of Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh - A place where most young people dream of joining the army. “One of the reasons for this is the drought conditions that prevail in the area, and the army provides a job opportunity. But it is not only taken as a job, but as a passion to serve the country, ”Ramana Reddy told TOI.

Ramana Reddy, who joined the army medical corps, also learned to use weapons and handle them as part of his training. As a nursing assistant, her focus was on the pharmacy. He was trained to be a pharmacist. For him, life in the army consisted of providing medical help to wounded soldiers, taking care of them and being ready to provide any kind of medical assistance during emergencies.

“I had to carry medicines and weapons. Weapons were necessary as we could also be objective, ”Ramana Reddy recalled. There were moments along the border when they were attacked by the enemy camp. In 1992, once the enemy shot them at 4 in the morning. Let's dig trenches to prevent the enemy from discovering us, he said.

As a nursing assistant, Ramana Reddy served in Meerut, Delhi, Lucknow, Suratgarh, Srinagar, Udampur, Bengdubi near Siliguri in West Bengal, Pune and Secunderabad. “Soldiers injured in operations in Srinagar would be taken by plane to the base hospital in Lucknow. Providing medications was of the utmost importance since they needed the best medical care available, ”he said.

Although working in extreme weather conditions was a challenge, Ramana Reddy said they were always motivated. In some places there would be freezing temperatures at high altitude, while in others there would be dual climatic conditions with strong differences between night and daytime temperatures.

So, did he have low morale when he saw wounded soldiers in the hospitals where he served? “Morale was never low. He certainly feels for the soldiers who entered with gunshot wounds for treatment and the idea was always to see them recover. However, sometimes some of the soldiers also died despite our best efforts, ”he said.