The Union health ministry said that the Indian Railways has deployed more than 2,500 doctors and 35,000 paramedics staff, and has planned to set up 80,000 isolation beds in 5,000 coaches, of which 3,250 have already been converted.
“Their (the railways) chain of 586 health units, 45 sub divisional hospitals, 56 divisional hospitals, 8 production unit hospitals and 16 zonal hospitals are dedicating their significant facilities to fight COVID-19,” Joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said.
The fourth largest railway network in the world also has stepped up its efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by producing almost 6 lakh face masks and over 40,000 litres of hand sanitiser.
In an official release, Indian Railways said: “In continuation of the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Indian Railways is making all-out efforts to supplement the health care initiatives of Government of India. In this direction, Indian Railways is producing reusable face masks and sanitizer in-house in all its Zonal Railways, Production Units and PSUs.”
As per the release, Indian Railways had produced 5,82,317 face masks and 41,882 litres of hand sanitiser till April 7.