Indian Railways to convert train coaches into quarantine wards, preparing for future, India


Indian Railways to convert train coaches into quarantine wards, preparing for future

COVID 19 has hit the world in an unimaginable way. Doctors and scientists from across the globe are trying their best to come up with solutions to kill the virus but till now no concrete solution has been found. Amid all this, every country is bracing themselves for the worst and now Indian Railways has decided to convert its train coaches into isolation wards.

This is one way India is preparing itself for the conditions that might arise in coming days if the numbers keep going up. Right now fighting against COVID 19 pandemic is the most important thing to do for India. The railways is all set to create nearly three lakh quarantine beds, just in case.

According to the North Central Railway (NCR) General Manager Rajiv Chaudhary, the Indian Railways has already converted a coach at the coaching depot in New Delhi into isolation wards. It was done after consulting medical professionals.

He further informed that a sleeper coach of a train is converted and improvised into isolation wards for patients tested positive for Coronavirus. This plan can help them in being well-prepared to meet any kind of emergency. Not only Northern Railways, but all the divisions in railways have identified a ward or building for setting up isolation beds for patients. Similarly, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is also planning to serve meals in various parts of the country and hospitals in case of emergency.

Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NCR, Ajeet Kumar Singh said that NCR too has taken all the required steps to ensure operational safety to mitigate any possibility of disruption in goods trains. He further informed that in big yards, whose maintenance requires concentration of staff, speed of goods trains has been reduced to 15 km/hr to sustain required operation and maintenance with social distancing.

He also said, “NCR is also imparting training to its paramedical staff on Covid-19 related procedures, especially ventilators. Videos posted on the ministry of health and family welfare’s website are being used to train staff”.

As of now, India has registered 908 COVID 19 positive cases and 20 deaths.

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