To assist the Centre and States in their fight against Covid-19 virus, Indian Railway has deployed Covid care coaches in UP, MP, Maharashtra and Delhi. Nearly 4000 Covid care coaches with 64000 beds, positioned at various railway stations, can be made available for quick deployment. State governments have been advised on the modalities & Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in place and availability of isolation coaches.
As the country is battling the scourge of the current second wave of Covid, the Ministry of Railways is deploying a no-holds barred approach by re-mobilising its initiative of Covid Care Isolation Coaches, already devised during the initial wave of Covid 19 with add-on conveniences.
As a measure of preparedness, Covid Care coaches have been readied to serve as additional health care facilities for isolation of Covid patients with mild symptoms. These coaches have now been additionally fitted with conveniences like coolers, jute-mats to cater to the current hot weather conditions. Some of the coaches had already served the isolation needs of patients in the first wave of Covid. The position of isolation coaches in the high- covid-afflicted zones are as under:
In Delhi, 50 coaches (with 800 beds) are deployed at Shakurbasti station (25 coaches with 400 beds) are made available at Anand Vihar Terminal. At Nandurbar (Maharashtra), 21 coaches (with 378 beds) are positioned at this facility. At Bhopal station, 20 coaches have been positioned. 50 Coaches have been readied for deployment in Punjab and 20 coaches positioned for deployment in Jabalpur.
On demand of State Governments, these isolation centres will cater to needs of patients with mild and moderate symptoms (as directed to these facilities by State Health Authorities). The Railways takes all efforts to provide catering arrangements to these patients and maintain hygiene in these coaches. The State Governments’ utilisation of the Isolation Coaches will be made available through updates from time to time.
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