Railways deploying 31 COVID care coaches in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra: Minister
The railways had earlier said it currently has 4,000 coaches that have been retrofitted as isolation units with a capacity of 64,000 beds and that these were ready to be deployed across states. Such coaches are positioned at nine major railway stations in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
Madhya Pradesh Monday reported 12,686 coronavirus cases, taking its tally to over five lakh, while Maharashtra reported 48,700 cases taking the count of infections in the state to 43,43,727.
''These coaches are equipped with facilities, including oxygen cylinders, for patients. On the request of the state government, these coaches have been made available to them,'' he said.
Earlier in Bhopal, the railways had deployed 20 isolation coaches with a capacity of 292 beds. The railways had earlier said it currently has 4,000 coaches that have been retrofitted as isolation units with a capacity of 64,000 beds and that these were ready to be deployed across states.
Such coaches are positioned at nine major railway stations in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. In the national capital, the railways have catered to the full demand of the Delhi government's 75 COVID care coaches with a capacity of 1,200 beds, the national transporter said.
In Nandrubar (Maharashtra), 24 isolation coaches with a capacity of 292 beds have been deployed. The utilization of these facilities in these states, as per latest records, cumulatively registers 98 admissions with 28 subsequent discharges, the railways said.
At present, 70 COVID-19 patients are utilizing the isolation coaches.
In Uttar Pradesh, though coaches have not yet been requisitioned by the state government, 10 coaches each are placed at Faizabad, Bhadohi, Varanasi, Bareli, and Nazibabad, totalling a capacity of 800 beds (50 coaches), the railways said.
These coaches modified for coronavirus patients have been divided into eight bays or 'cabins' with each having 16 beds. Every coach has three toilets -- one western and two Indian styles -- and a bathroom with hand showers, buckets, mugs and seating arrangement, it said.
Mosquito nets, bio-toilets, power sockets, and oxygen cylinders are available in the coaches. Also, space has been created to hold IV-fluid bottles. Extra bottle holders and clamps have been provided to hang them, the railways said.
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