As all the passenger ‘trains’ are canceled till 14th April due to lockdown Indian railways is putting ‘rail coaches’ to best use. Railways is converting train coaches into ‘isolation wards’ to prepare for a fight against coronavirus pandemic.
General Manager of North Central Railway (NCR) Rajiv Chaudhary informed that they are trying to convert a coach at the coaching depot in New Delhi into isolation wards after consulting medical professionals.
“A sleeper coach of a train is being converted and improvised into isolation wards for patients suffering from Covid-19. Such a plan can help us be well-prepared to meet any emergency “, said Chaudhary. Further Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is working out a plan to serve meals in different parts of the country and hospitals if the need arises.
“NCR is also imparting training to its paramedical staff on for Covid-19 related procedures, especially ventilators. Videos posted on the ministry of health and family welfare’s website are being used to train staff” added Chaudhary. The efforts of railways would go a long way in fighting the pandemic. Especially considering the lack of resources in the country.