Following the decision of conversion of its train coaches into isolation wards, the Indian Railways has found a new way of aiding the Indians during the COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people and authorities from all domains to join hands in tackling the precarious scenario. The Indian government is also leaving no stone unturned to help its citizens. While there are reputed businessmen, celebrities and others donating for the PM-Cares Fund, there are few that are helping in their own way.
The Indian Railways has become the latest member to join the coronavirus fight. The lifeline of India – Indian Railways has recently decided to convert some of its train coaches into isolation wards for the treatment of coronavirus affected patients. This is an effort to help the country battle the outbreak of the global pandemic.
Highlights! Indian Railways joins the fight against COVID-19.
- Indian Railways has decided to convert its train coaches into isolation wards for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
- A prototype is currently under testing, and Railway is waiting for a final approval.
- Following a nation-wide lockdown due to COVID-19, the Railways has suspended its services in the country till 14th April.
Converting train coaches into isolation wards
On 28th March, Railway minister Piyush Goyal confirmed that the Indian Railways team will be converting some of its train coaches into isolation wards. These train wards will used for providing suitable facilities for the treatment of the coronavirus affected patients.
“Railways will offer clean, sanitized, and hygienic surroundings for the patients to comfortably recover.” – Railway minister, Piyush Goyal
Following a nation-wide lockdown that started on 25th March, the Indian Railways decided to suspend all its services till 14th April in order to battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The move of turning rail coaches into isolation ward comes after a continuous increase of the coronavirus cases have been observed in the country.
As per Indian Railways, these isolation wards will reduce the burden on various hospitals due to the constant spike in the coronavirus cases.
Prototype ready, Railway waits for final nod
According to Railway officials, one isolation cabin prototype has already been prepared and is currently under testing. If the prototype gets a final approval from the concerned authorities, then the Rail Ministry is planning to have one such isolation ward for each zone. Also, the Railway is planning to convert 10 such coaches into isolation wards each week.
In general, COVID-19 affected patients should be kept in a separate room. However, as per the government’s guidelines, in case there is space constraint, beds can be placed at a minimum distance of 3 feet apart. The Railway is making sure to strictly follow these guidelines while revamping their coaches into isolation wards.
In order to construct an isolation ward, various modifications are being made into coaches. While the middle berth is being removed from one of the side, all three berths are removed from the opposite side. This makes it one cabin for a patient. The ladders are also being removed beside other modifications in the bathrooms and aisle areas.
Indian Railways – A lifeline of India
Besides constructing these isolation wards, the Indian Railways is also ensuring availability of essential commodities and freight services to the people during the 21-day lockdown.
“During the situation of lockdown in all the states, Indian Railways staff deployed at various good sheds, stations and control offices continued working on 24/7 basis to ensure that the supply of essential items for the nation does not get affected.” – Railway Ministry
Earlier the Railways had also asked its rolling stock production units to explore the possibility of manufacturing essential medical items like sanitizers and face masks. The rail wagons are also carrying various food commodities like food grains, fruits, vegetables, sugar and salt along with various petroleum products across the country.
The Indian Railways has always been a lifeline for this country. And once again it’s leaving no stone unturned in proving its worth during the COVID-19 crisis.