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Mobile Train Hospital to fight COVID-19

Viewed 508 times 2020-4-2 09:30 |System category:News| First, its, kind, Train

Pakistan’s national railway has converted all of its business class coaches into rolling quarantine wards for Covid-19 patients, adding thousands of beds to the fight against the virus.The mobile isolation units are ready to ship out to any part of the country connected by rail lines, offering much needed relief to local authorities in Pakistan’s hardest-hit regions, Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad announced on Monday at the Rawalpindi train station in Punjab, a major stop on the Karachi–Peshawar line.

Pakistan Railways Introduces 300-Bed Quarantine Trains In Seven Cities. The Pakistan Railways Inaugurated On Monday Quarantine Trains, Comprising 300 Beds, In Seven Cities Across Pakistan Including KarachiRawalpindi Sukkur And Multan.

Pakistan Railways Rawalpindi Division has dedicated 6 coaches as a special quarantine ward. 40 beds with complete medical facilities and attended by doctors are made available for the isolation of suspected COVID19 cases.

Some 220 coaches have been specially equipped to house and treat patients, each containing nine beds.Train stations in all seven divisions administered by Pakistan Railways – in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Sukkur, Rawalpindi and Multan – have also been fitted with 100 beds and a ventilator each, further taking pressure off local healthcare systems.Pakistan Railways has launched Quarantine special train including two AC sleepers and three normal sleepers.

Pakistan has suspended all passenger rail services amid the Covid-19 outbreak, allowing only freight cars to deliver vital food and supply shipments around the country. While Ahmad said he hoped passenger lines could reopen sometime in April, he noted they would remain shuttered until authorities could get a handle on the outbreak, which has sickened some 1,700 Pakistanis and killed 21, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Inside view of Train hospital of Pakistan Railways

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Reply Report Zorro2 2020-4-2 13:49
first of its kind
Reply Report Zorro2 2020-4-3 02:13
new model to the world
Reply Report Zorro2 2020-4-6 03:56
Pakistan Railways Rawalpindi Division has dedicated 6 coaches as a special quarantine ward. 40 beds with complete medical facilities and attended by doctors are made available for the isolation of suspected COVID19 cases.

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