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Trains to turn into hospitals in India 

 International Desk

 Published: 08:47 PM, 7 April 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Normally, Indian Railways runs more than 20,000 passenger trains a day, on long-distance and suburban routes, from 7,349 stations across India.

Indian Railways took the unprecedented move of suspending passenger trains across the country until April 14 as Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 25.

Now the railway network has decided to convert as many as 20,000 old train carriages into isolation wards for patients as the virus spreads. 

The Asia's oldest railway network has 125 own hospitals all over India, hence, it is undoubtedly the organization that has the ability to manage a mobile hospital bed. Immediately after the corona outbreak in the country, the heads of the 16 railway zones were instructed to identify the unused railway carriage (bogie) in a special direction. Now the process is underway to turn these buggies into hospitals. 

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 positive cases.

"Now, the railways will offer clean, sanitized and hygienic surroundings for the patients to comfortably recover," Piyush Goyal, the Railways Minister said in a tweet.