Covid-19 Outbreak: Massive Awareness Campaigns Rolled Out At All Rail Premises

Covid-19 Outbreak: Massive Awareness Campaigns Rolled Out At All Rail PremisesPassengers at a railway station.
  • The Indian Railways has mobilised its entire machinery in a big way to take comprehensive measures to prevent Covid-19 infection.

With the novel coronavirus outbreak becoming pandemic worldwide, Indian Railways has launched a massive awareness campaign at stations and trains to make rail users aware of the problem.

The national transporter has geared up its entire machinery in a big way to take comprehensive measures on the prevention of Covid-19 virus infection.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has directed the Railway Board to ensure that adequate preventive measures are put in place across the Indian Railway system. Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav has held a meeting with all general managers through video conference to review the preparedness and convey priorities and directions.

Heads of railway zones, divisions and units have been holding meetings in their respective areas to firm up necessary arrangements. The situation is being constantly monitored and coordinated at all levels in the Indian Railway system, ie, at Railway Board level, zone level and at division level.

Control rooms have been set up all over the railway system and the staff has been sensitised and educated about the subject. The collaboration and coordination with the concerned health authorities are also being ensured.

Information, education and communication material (posters and pamphlets) about coronavirus are being prominently displayed for the awareness of the general public in local language at railway stations and in trains.

They are also being distributed to patients visiting hospitals and in railway colonies. Audio and video clips are being played at railway stations to spread awareness. Public announcements are being made at stations.

In railway hospitals, people with fever are being separated from other patients. Separate counter/ward with specific signage for fever cases has been established. Medical staff members have been deployed in such areas with proper protective gear.

Railway hospitals have been provided with 1,100 isolation beds for fever-related cases for treating suspected coronavirus cases with the availability of necessary protective gear. Further, Indian Railways has identified 12,483 beds for quarantine at different locations across the country.

Medical staff members have been advised that if any patient of coronavirus disease is suspected or reported in any of the railway hospital/health unit in zone, the same may be informed to the Railway Board and local health authorities immediately.

All medical in-charges of zones have been advised to be in constant touch with the respective state authorities to obtain the guidelines/updates issued on the subjects and take necessary detection, prevention and curative measures suggested by such state authorities. Control rooms and telephone helplines have also been set up at all railway hospitals.

This piece was first published on India Infrahub, and has been republished here with permission.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at


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