Indian Railway has once again stepped up and re-mobilising Covid Care Isolation Coaches in high-covid-afflicted zones, just like it had done during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To serve as an additional health care facility for isolation of Covid patients with mild symptoms, Railway has readied these coaches with additional fitted conveniences like coolers and jute-mats to cater to the summer season for Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh etc.
The State governments have been advised on the Modalities & Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in place and the availability of Covid care coaches. Nearly 4,000 Covid Care Coaches with 64,000 beds have positioned at various railway stations in the country, some of which have already served the isolation needs of patients in the first wave of Covid.
In Delhi, 50 coaches (with 800 beds) are deployed at Shakurbasti station (4 patients are currently admitted) & 25 coaches (with 400 beds) are made available at Anand Vihar Terminal. At Nandurbar (Maharashtra), 21 coaches (with 378 beds) are positioned and currently 55 patients are admitted at this facility. At Bhopal station, 20 coaches have been positioned. 50 Coaches have been readied for deployment in Punjab and 20 coaches positioned for deployment in Jabalpur.
Indian Railway said, on-demand of state governments, these isolation centres will cater to the needs of patients with mild and moderate symptoms (as directed to these facilities by State Health Authorities).