Railway hospitals across North Central Railway upgraded for Covid contingency

In anticipation of the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, general manager North Central Railway (NCR), V K Tripathi, has said that strengthening of healthcare infrastructure of Railway hospitals should be done on a mission mode.

In the review meeting on progress of vaccination and upgradation of infrastructure in Railway hospitals, Tripathi stressed upon strengthening of medical infrastructure, both in terms of men and material. He also emphasised on close monitoring of oxygen express trains as they pass through NCR and instructed that no detention to them should occur.

Dr Anand Tandon, principal chief medical director, NCR, said that NCR’s fight against Covid-19 has got a new momentum with further availability of oxygen concentrators. With the help of NGOs, Jhansi Railway Hospital received 49 more oxygen concentrators on Monday, 17th May 2021. Also, 47 concentrators of 5 litre capacity have been given by NGO ACP grants while NGO Shilpi has provided two oxygen concentrators of 10 litres capacity each.

DRM Jhansi, Sandeep Mathur said more such efforts are being done to associate NGOs in this battle against Covid. In addition to it, as a result of the help sought by the general manager, 25 oxygen concentrators have been provided by the UP government for Central Hospital, Prayagraj. Besides, five oxygen concentrators have been provided by the Railway Board to be used for Railway Hospital Agra.

In its bid to further strengthen the infrastructure, one advanced RT-PCR machine has been delivered and installed at Central Hospital, Prayagraj. This is expected to be functional soon and will significantly reduce the time lag between sampling and availability of results as now the hospital will conduct in house single stage RT-PCR testing. The general manager directed the officials to get its functioning started at the earliest.

This is also worth mentioning that one TrueNat RT-PCR machine has been provided to the Railway Hospital, Agra by the district administration. Necessary permission to start it has been sought by the state government which is expected to be received soon.

Apart from procurement and installation of infrastructure, another breakthrough achieved by NCR is the recruitment of 15 doctors on contractual basis for Prayagraj and three for Jhansi. Eight at Prayagraj and all the three at Jhansi have joined. Remaining were likely to join on Tuesday, 18th May 2021.

This development will redress the issue of shortage of doctors in Railway Hospital. Tripathi assured the health officials that all necessary support from the Railway Board and from state government will be received as and when required. He further stressed upon 100% vaccination of staff and put a word of caution to observe adequate social distancing and to prevent crowding at vaccination sites.