星期六 , 6 6 月 2020
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India converts 20,000 old train carriages into hospital-on-wheels

In India, 20,000 old train carriages are converted into coronavirus hospitals (Photo from Piyush Goyal/Twitter)

India has been under lockdown since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on March 25. Indian Railways, Asia’s oldest rail network, decided for the first time in 167 years to suspend its passenger trains across the country until April 14. It is also converting up to 20,000 old train carriages into isolation wards for patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The network already operates 125 hospitals nationwide. The first 5,000 isolation wards will be ready within two weeks, and if necessary, more carriages can be converted within 48 hours, said Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, executive director of information and publicity at the Railway Board.

Each sanitized carriage will be able to accommodate up to 16 patients, alongside a nurses’ station, a doctor’s cabin, and space for medical supplies and equipment. The trains, once ready, will be sent to any location that might be facing a hospital bed crunch due to a potential spike in COVID-19 cases. Government doctors, paramedics, nurses, and volunteers will be assigned to these trains.

(Photo from Piyush Goyal/Twitter)

(Photo from Piyush Goyal/Twitter)

In fact, even before the pandemic, India was suffering a shortage of hospital beds. According to OECD, India has 0.5 hospital beds available for every 1,000 people.

“We have seen what China has gone through. It is imperative to increase this density, by whatever means in the shorter term, and more systematically in the longer term, once this outbreak is over,” said Shahid Jameel, an Indian virologist and CEO of Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance.

The new coronavirus trains are not designed to function as full-service hospitals, but local health officials will have the option of using them for coronavirus patients who are not critically ill.

 

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