- Railway passenger coaches can be used for Corona patients as on the wheel hospital.
- According to sources railways have an accident relief medical device vehicle (ARME) or rail ambulance that can be used for corona virus patients.
Sources confirm that Indian Railways is considering using passenger coaches and cabins as hospitals to treat people infected with Corona virus. Indian Railways operates 13,523 passenger trains throughout the country daily; but due to Corona virus effect all passenger rail services have been postponed till April 14th. Railways officials through video conferencing on Wednesday with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Chairman VK Yadav, General Manager of all zones and chairman of Railway board, discussed on the proposal to use empty compartments and cabins as ICU for Coronavirus patients.
Coaches and cabins can be used as a walking hospital:
Railway board chairman said “the meeting discussed the proposal to use compartments with toilets as separate wards and ways to use the production units of the railways to fight the corona virus.” Items like life support system, beds, trolleys etc will be arranged shortly. Railways officials said that the idea strike during the Cabinet meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he should work on innovative measures for the country in this critical situation to expand medical facilities to cope up with Corona virus pandemic. Railway board chairman informed after cabinet meeting that these coaches and cabins will be used as a moving hospital which will have facilities for consultation rooms, medical stores, intensive care rooms and kitchen (pantry).
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We all know that the railways have a wide network of train chain all over country. The hospital set up in the trains will be used in those areas where the number of infected people is high and there is lack of medical facility. He informed that the rail production units can start production by changing the coaches to suit the medical facility. According to sources railways have an Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) or rail ambulance that can be used for coronavirus patients. ARME is commonly used to treat passengers injured during a rail accident.
Indian Railways is supporting Government in the Fight with Corona
The Railway Board has already issued the instructions to all railway manufacturing units to contribute and take part towards the fight against the coronavirus. It has also stated to explore every probability and possibility of infrastructure such as common hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, medical trolleys, medicines etc.
Railway passenger service will remain closed till April 14
In view of the rising outbreak of Corona virus, Railways announced on Tuesday that its mail, express and passenger services will now be closed till April 14. The move comes after the announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the growing cases of Coronavirus across the country. Officials, however, said that the goods train service would be maintained throughout the country.
Uninterrupted Supply of Essential Commodities
The Indian Railways said that it was ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential commodities in the country despite being forced to suspend all passenger services. Railways said that on March 23, 474 racks of cereals, salt, edible oil, sugar, milk, fruits and vegetables, onions, coal and petroleum products were supplied.