The Railway hospitals under the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) have started treatment of Covid19 patients.
Confirming this, the chief public relations officer (CPRO) of NF Railway Subhanan Chanda said: “In the fight against Covid19, NFR has started treatment of Covid patients at the Railway hospitals across its jurisdiction.”
Chanda said NF Railway is making all-out effort to supplement the health care efforts of state governments.
“The spectrum of steps includes modification of passenger coaches as isolation coaches, equipping the existing railway hospitals to meet the Covid19 needs, etc.” Chanda said.
The general manager of NF Railway Anshul Gupta held a review meeting with all the Divisional Railway Managers of NFR through video conferencing today to review the availability of hospital beds and Covid Care Coaches for Covid positive patients.
Preparations are being made across all the divisions to meet the requirement of any possible exigency of keeping some corona patients as and when required by state governments, Chanda said.
NFR has kept ready special wards for treatment of Covid19 positive patients with 253 beds at various Railway hospitals which include – 15 beds at Katihar, 100 beds at Central Hospital, Maligaon (Guwahati), 80 beds at Lumding, 24 beds at New Bongaigaon Railway Hospital under Rangiya division and 34 beds at Dibrugarh Railway Hospital under Tinsukia division which may be further increased depending on requirement.
Each of these special wards has all the basic healthcare facilities available for the treatment of Covid positive patients with mild symptoms.
“NFR is ready to assist all states within its jurisdiction with provision of Covid care coaches as and when request is received from respective state governments to cope with the rising need of hospitalization owing to Covid 19 pandemic situation,” Chanda stated.
NF Railway has kept Covid Care Coaches at various locations spreading various states for speedy deployment. 40 coaches have been kept in Katihar and Siliguri areas under Katihar division.
A total of 22 coaches have been kept in Alipurduar area under Alipurduar division.
A total of 51 coaches have been kept in different location spreading over Rangiya division while 124 Covid Care
Coaches have been kept ready in different location spreading over different states under Lumding division.
At different locations under Tinsukia division of NFR, a total of 48 Covid care coaches have been kept ready.
“At at Dimapur Railway Station in Nagaland, 10 Covid Care Coaches have already and handed over to state government for admitting Covid19 patients,” NFR CPRO Chanda further said.