Railways’ Covid Care Coaches are only for “very mild cases”
Indian Railways deploys 960 COVID Care Coaches in 5 States
503 Coaches are deployed in Delhi at 9 Locations
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: While Railways deployed 960 COVID Care coaches in five states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh , these coaches can be used only for “very mild cases”.
“Zonal Railways have converted these coaches as COVID Care Centres to be used for very mild / mild cases…These coaches can be used in areas where State has exhausted the facilities and needs to augment capacities for isolation of both suspect and confirmed Covid cases,” the Railways Ministry stated here on Wednesday. It added that it was making ” all efforts” to reduce the heat in the coaches in the given weather conditions.
Out of total 960 COVID Care coaches, 503 such coaches have been deployed in Delhi, 20 in Andhra Pradesh, 60 in Telangana, 372 in Uttar Pradesh and 5 in Madhya Pradesh.
In Delhi, 503 COVID Care coaches are deployed at 9 locations. 50 COVID Care coaches are deployed at Shakurbasti, 267 at Anand Vihar, 21 at Delhi Safdarjung, 50 at Delhi Sarai Rohilla, 33 at Delhi Cantonment, 30 at Adarsh Nagar, 13 at Delhi Shahadra, 13 at Tughlakabad and 26 at Patel Nagar.
In Uttar Pradesh, total 372 COVID Care coaches have been deployed at 23 different locations — Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhadohi, Faizabad, Saharanpur, Mirzapur, Subedarganj, Kanpur, Jhansi, Jhansi Workshop, Agra, Nakha Jungle, Gonda, Nautanwa, Bahraich, Varanasi City, Manduadih, Mau, Bhatni, Bareilly City, Farrukhabad and Kasganj.
In Madhya Pradesh, total 5 COVID Care coaches are deployed at Gwalior. In Andhra Pradesh, total 20 COVID Care coaches are deployed at Vijayawada while in Telangana, a total of 60 COVID Care coaches are deployed at 3 different locations – Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Adilabad.
As per guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Government of India, these State Governments have sent the requisition to Indian Railways and Railways have allocated these coaches to the State/UTs. Doctors and paramedics are to be provided by State Governments. This is as per MOHFW guidelines issued on 6th May 2020.
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