Covid Care Coaches: 4,000 coaches transferred to temporary hospital, 64,000 corona patients to be treated simultaneously, to be deployed in four states
Indian Railways has also come forward to cooperate, given the severe form of coronavirus in the country. The railways have prepared Covid coaches to take care of patients amidst the increasing number of Covid infections across the country. Presently, the Railways have 4,002 such coaches, which have been converted into Covid coaches. These railway coaches have been converted into on-the-go hospitals. It can simultaneously care for 64,000 patients.
Spending of Rs 1000 crores in preparing coaches
According to sources, the Railways have spent about Rs 1000 crores in preparing 4000 Covid coaches. These coaches will be deployed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi. A large number of Covid patients are from these states. Serious patients are not getting beds in hospitals. Railways will deploy these coaches in different zones so that they can be used immediately if needed.
20 Covid care coaches deployed in Bhopal
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Saturday that the Indian Railways has arranged 20 Covid Care Coaches in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), which will have 320 beds. These coaches will start functioning from 25 April. 4,002 train coaches have been converted into Covid care cum isolation centers. To help the State Governments, Indian Railways has converted 4,002 train coaches into Covid Care cum Isolation Centers.
150 tons of liquid medical oxygen transported to various states
Railways have transported about 150 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to various states through a total of 10 containers in the last 24 hours. Oxygen Express trains arrived in Nashik, Maharashtra and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday carrying liquid medical oxygen. Some of the containers were diverted from these trains to Nagpur and Varanasi respectively. Railway reported that Suri Oxygen Express started its journey from Lucknow on Saturday morning. Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have also approached the railways to run more such trains. Recall that the first Oxygen Express left Mumbai for Visakhapatnam on 21 April with seven empty containers.