Train coaches with medical equipment 
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In Pictures-Rail Coach Converted to COVID-19 Isolation Ward

Northeast Frontier Railway prepares first prototype with isolation wards and medical equipment. To add more coaches soon to meet COVID-19 emergency

Jayanta K Goswami

Jayanta K Goswami

Guwahati: As part of its preparedness, Indian Railways has converted its coaches into isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. The first prototype is ready and more could be added soon.

This will add additional beds and reduce pressure on hospitals should the infected cases explode across the country.

Indian Railways’ fight against coronavirus 
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Such a plan can help us be well-prepared to meet any emergency, Subhanan Chanda, chief public relations officer (CPRO), NF Railway said on Sunday.

“To start with, NF Railway is converting coaches at the Coach Maintenance Depot in Kamakhya and Guwahati into isolation wards after consulting medical professionals at NF Railway Central Hospital, Maligaon. A non-AC sleeper coach is converted into an isolation wards for patients suffering from covid-19,” Subhanan Chanda said.

Inside a newly created isolation ward of the Indian Railways
Inside a newly created isolation ward of the Indian Railways EastMojo Image

The CPRO, NF Railway said that each cabin of the coach has been converted into an independent isolation room which shall accommodate one patient. There are nine such cabins in one coach.

One of the four toilets of the coach has been converted to bathroom with facility for shower, bucket and mug
One of the four toilets of the coach has been converted to bathroom with facility for shower, bucket and mug EastMojo Image
Each cabin of coach has been converted into an independent isolation room
Each cabin of coach has been converted into an independent isolation room EastMojo Image

Various modifications have been also done in each coach to convert them as isolation wards. “Middle berths have been removed from these cabins for keeping two feet bed space on the berths. Extra bottle holders and electric points are provided for medicines, IV fluids and medical equipments like oscilloscope monitor, suction apparatus, etc. A foldable stool is available under the berth for keeping the medical equipments as and when required. Air plastic curtains have been provided between two cabins for privacy and isolation,” Chanda said, adding: The side berth end panel walls of the coach near the entry/exit doors have been removed for easy access of stretcher. One of the four toilets of the coach has been converted to bathroom.

Bamboo sheets on the roof and the side walls of the coach to insulate it
Bamboo sheets on the roof and the side walls of the coach to insulate it EastMojo Image

Insulated bamboo sheets have been put up on the roof and the side walls of the coach for reducing the heat transfer and temperature inside the isolation wards, the NF Railway CPRO further added.

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