The Indian Navy has been commissioned a naval hospital ship, the INHS Sandhani at Naval station Karanja in the Raigad district of Maharashtra.
INHS Sandhani was flagged by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra and the commissioning plaque of the hospital was unveiled by the Preeti Luthra, President of NWWA (Navy Wives Welfare Association), Western Region.
The naval hospital has its origins as a small primary health care unit established in 1955. As Naval station Karanja expanded rapidly over the last couple of decades, there was a need to develop the station’s healthcare services. Hence the upgrade was sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence in September 2016.
The naval hospital has been expanded from a 16-bed facility to a 30-bed hospital. The hospital is capable of providing treatment in the fields of General Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Paediatrics and dental services to naval personnel at the station.
INHS Sandhani is the tenth one commissioned by the Indian Navy. The Navy had earlier commissioned its ninth hospital ‘INHS Navjivani’ at the Indian Naval Academy in Kerala’s Ezhimala.