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Indian Railways Converts a Train Coach into an Isolation Ward

Even Indian Railways has joined the fight against ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Recently it unveiled a prototype of a train coach which has been converted into an isolation ward to accommodate COVID 19 patients.

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal took to twitter and posted some inside pictures of the prototype along with a message that now Indian Railways will offer clean, sanitised & hygienic surroundings for the coronavirus patients to comfortably recover.

Railway Officials have mentioned that if this prototype is approved, each railway zone of Indian Railways will convert 10 coaches into isolation ward every week. In context of this news, it is to be noted that Indian Railways, as an entity is divided into 16 operational zones.

Indian Railways Converts a Train Coach into an Isolation Ward

As we know, each train coaches have compartments as well as toilets. The plan is to reserve majority of the compartments for the patients and allocate one compartment for medical/nursing staff. Out of the four toilets two can be converted into bathrooms.

Indian Railways Converts a Train Coach into an Isolation Ward

From the images it can be observed that in each compartment, the middle berth has been removed. The ladder to climb to upper berth has also been removed. For every compartment, a hospital room -like curtain has also been affixed.

Indian Railways Converts a Train Coach into an Isolation Ward

We must appreciate such a proactive measure by the Indian Railways, because if unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak gets escalated then given the population size of India versus the available conventional healthcare venues, we may soon run out of beds and isolation facilities for patients. In such situation, the train coaches which have been converted into isolation wards can accommodate large number of patients.

Indian Railways Converts a Train Coach into an Isolation Ward

As most of you must be aware, Indian Railways has suspended operations of all passenger trains across India till 31st March 2020.

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