More Oxygen Expresses And Covid Care Coaches For States, Says Railways

by Arun Kumar Das - May 2, 2021 11:17 AM +05:30 IST
More Oxygen Expresses And Covid Care Coaches For States, Says RailwaysCovid-19 isolation coaches.
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  • Keeping up the momentum on the oxygen front, 14 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey and five more loaded Oxygen Expresses are running, carrying 342 MT of LMO in 18 tankers.

Accelerating its pace of delivering liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to various states across the country, Indian Railways has delivered 813 MT of LMO in 56 tankers to various states across the country.

Strengthening the capabilities of the nation in the united fight against Covid, the Railways has, amongst its multi-pronged initiatives, deployed nearly 4,000 Isolation Coaches with almost 64,000 beds.

Nagaland has requested 10 Covid Care Coaches at Kohima, Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said in a virtual press conference.

The Railways has mobilised additional Covid Care Coaches for use in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Keeping up the momentum on the oxygen front, 14 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey and five more loaded Oxygen Express are running, carrying 342 MT of LMO in 18 tankers.

It is Indian Railways' endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.

While Delhi will receive its 120 MT of LMO in 6 tankers from Durgapur in the next 24 hors, Haryana received its first and second Oxygen Express on Saturday carrying 79 MT of LMO in five tankers.

Third Oxygen Express carrying 30.6 MT LMO in two tankers has already started from Angul and is currently on its way to Haryana.

Madhya Pradesh received its second Oxygen Express carrying 70.77 MT of LMO to Jabalpur and Sagar from Bokaro on Friday.

The third Oxygen Express to Jabalpur carrying 22.19 MT oxygen reached Jabalpur on Saturday night.

Uttar Pradesh will be receiving its eighth Oxygen Express en-route from Bokaro carrying 44.88 MT LMO in 3 tankers.

Uttar Pradesh has received approximately 355 MT LMO so far and more is on its way to Lucknow.

Telangana will also receive its first Oxygen Express currently on the way from Angul carrying 124.26 MT LMO.

So far, Indian Railways has delivered more than 813 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to Maharashtra (174 MT), Uttar Pradesh (355 MT), Madhya Pradesh (134.77 MT), Delhi (70 MT) & Haryana (79 MT).

Telangana will start receiving Oxygen Expresses shortly.

The Railways has also positioned 50 coaches at major cities of Uttar Pradesh like Faizabad, Bhadohi, Varanasi, Bareli and Nazibabad.

As per district authorities' demands, Isolation Coaches are being shifted from Nandurbar to Palghar. Isolation Coaches are also being deployed for Jabalpur.

The updated position of the utility of these coaches positioned in the States of Delhi, UP MP and Maharashtra are as follows -

At Nandurbar (Maharashtra), in the last two days, 6 new admissions were registered as on date while 10 patients were discharged after the isolation period.

43 Covid patients are currently utilising the facility. Cumulatively up to now, 92 admissions were registered with 57 subsequent discharge of patients by State Health Authorities. 314 beds are still available.

In Delhi, the Railways has catered to the full demand of the State government for 75 Covid Care coaches with a capacity of 1,200 beds.

Fifty coaches are positioned at Shakurbasti and 25 Coaches at Anand Vihar stations. Four admissions were registered as on date with 1 patient discharged and 1,196 beds still available.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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