As part of its effort to supplement the healthcare efforts by state governments, Asia’s second-largest rail transporter will be providing 5,231 COVID Care Coaches to states. The zonal railways have converted these coaches as COVID care centres to be used for housing very mild to mild cases.
As of now, the Indian Railways has deployed a total of 960 COVID Care coaches in the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhara Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. Out of the total, 503 COVID Care coaches have been deployed in Delhi, 20 in Andhra Pradesh, 60 in Telangana, 372 in Uttar Pradesh and 5 in Madhya Pradesh.
As per the guidelines of the central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the state governments had sent the requisition to the Indian Railways which had then allocated the coaches. Doctors and paramedics are provided by state governments.
The Railways will deploy two liaison officers for each location of coaches to assist state government officials. All efforts are being made to keep the temperature low during the peak summer months.
These coaches can be used in areas where a state has exhausted the facilities and needs to augment the capacity for the isolation of both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases. These facilities are part of the integrated COVID plan developed by MoHFW and the government think-tank NITI Aayog.