Agartala: Amidst a surge in number of confirmed coronavirus cases and people returning from outside the state, the Tripura government has signed an agreement with the North-East Frontier Railway (NFR) to set up isolation coaches for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the West Tripura District magistrate and Additional Chief Medical Superintendent of Railways was signed to set up 20 railway coaches that will work as isolation beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The coaches will be operated jointly by the Tripura government and the North-East Frontier Railway.

Additional Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Sadar, Binoy Bhushan Das said isolation coaches of Railways have been set up in Tripura as an additional measure to deal with the situation.

“The 20 isolation coaches with 320 beds are currently kept at the Badharghat station. Extra beds would be needed if the situation gets worse. So, arrangements for that have been made at the Agartala Railway station,” Das said.

Das said that the isolation coaches of the railways will have facilities like oxygen cylinders and other essential medical supplies.

“The oxygen cylinders will be provided by the railways, but the refilling will be done by the Tripura government. Similarly, para-medical staff will be arranged by the Tripura government, but the railways will be responsible for setting the temperature in train coaches,” Das said.

He said the West Tripura district, at present, has adequate beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. “But if the situation becomes dire, then isolation coaches will be used.”

He also visited the isolation coach on Monday and checked the arrangements in place.

Earlier, during the first wave of the COVID-19, the Ministry of Railways and state government had set up similar isolation centres at the Agartala Railway station as an additional measure to check the situation if it became worse.

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