Now, Railway Coaches Might Get Converted Into Isolation Wards To Treat COVID-19 Patients

by Suchismita Pal
Now, Railway Coaches Might Get Converted Into Isolation Wards To Treat COVID-19 Patients

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The number of coronavirus cases is steadily rising and this is creating a shortage of spaces for quarantine facilities. Addressing the issue, the Indian Railways is planning to turn its coaches and cabins into isolation wards to expand the medical assistance in the country for curbing the pandemic.

Around 10 Million Isolation Beds

Indian Railways manages the fourth largest railway network in the world with 13,523 trains running across the country. Services of all these trains have been suspended till 14th April owing to the nationwide lockdown to contain the infection. The empty coaches and cabins of the trains might be offered as ICU units for the patients. They will have facilities like beds, trolleys, ventilators, pantry, consultation rooms and more. These coaches will be sent to those parts of the nations that are worst affected by the crisis.

Isolation Wards
Picture Credits: New Indian Express

South India based builders Asset Homes has also informed that they can come up with 10 million isolation beds if the situation goes out of control in a week’s time.

Railways is also planning to offer Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) vans to serve the cause. These are rail ambulances, usually employed in treating patients of rail accidents.

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What’s More?

Amid so many developments and technical advancements worldwide, this one virus had the power to defy most theories in the purview of medical science. The need of the hour is such that other than locomotives, religious places and similar emptied public yards too are getting converted to treatment hubs. A couple of days ago, the Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara in Delhi started quarantine facilities inside its Serai or inn. They have also been providing free meals to the patients and hospital staff.

Isolation Wards
Picture Credits: Bloomberg Quint

Also Read: Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila Gurudwara Has Now Turned Into A Quarantine Facility For Coronavirus Patients

As per the current situation worldwide, it is now crystal clear that the only way to eliminate the virus is by following the right precautionary measures. Let’s cooperate with the condition, stay indoors and maintain social distancing to weed out the plaque at the swiftest.