Indian Railways Converts Non-AC Coaches Into Isolation Wards To Treat Coronavirus Patients

Sallie Anderson

The Indian Railways, Which Runs 13,523 Trains Daily, Has Suspended All Traveler Solutions Till April 14 And Its Rakes Are Lying Idle.

Each cabin of a coach has actually been transformed into an independent isolation. (Image Credit: IANS)

New Delhi:

With the variety of COVID-19 favorable cases growing, the Indian Railways has actually begun transforming non-AC train coaches and cabins into isolation wards to handle the rush of coronavirus patients, a train official stated on Saturday. “Out of the 17 railway zones in India, the Railway Board has asked Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and the Northearn Railway to modify train coaches into isolation wards on an experimental basis to deal with patients of novel coronavirus,” the NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda informed IANS.

According to Chanda, this relocation will prepare the federal government to satisfy any emergency situation. “To start with, the NFR is converting coaches at the coach maintenance depot in Kamakhya and Guwahati into isolation wards after consulting medical professionals of the railways,” the CPRO stated.

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“Each cabin of a coach has been converted into an independent isolation ward which will accommodate one patient. There are nine such cabins in one coach. One of the four toilets of the coach has been converted into a bathroom with facility for shower,” the NFR official stated.

The Indian Railways, which runs 13,523 trains daily, has actually suspended all guest services till April 14 and its rakes are lying idle.

Sources stated the proposition to use the empty coaches and cabins to be utilized as ICUs was gone over in a conference of Train Minister Piyush Goyal with Train Board chairman V K Yadav, basic supervisors of all zones and divisional train supervisors over videoconferencing on Wednesday.

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According to the 2011 Census, the World Health Organisation approximated that India had just 0.7 beds per 1,000 people.

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First Released: 28 Mar 2020, 11: 39: 46 PM

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