Railway hospitals in Bihar have intensified their preparations to deal with the third wave of Corona. Rajesh Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of East Central Railway said on Saturday that General Manager Anjali Goyal is personally monitoring the preparations being done in the hospitals of Patna, Danapur, Mughalsarai, Dhanbad, Sonpur and Samastipur.
Upgraded to 6 railway hospitals- Rajesh Kumar, CPRO
According to CPRO Rajesh Kumar, ‘6 railway hospitals have been upgraded and refurbished. 206 beds have been installed in Kovid wards and 30 in ICU. Apart from this, 27 invasive and 83 non-invasive ventilators have been procured to meet the needs of critical patients. Let us tell you that the Railways had decided to hire more doctors and paramedical staff based on the requirements during the third wave.
Stock is being made of other essential goods including oxygen
Railway hospitals have also started stocking essential medicines, oxygen concentrators, PPE kits, N-95 masks and other equipment to fight the third wave. Rajesh Kumar said that ‘oxygen plants are being installed in all hospitals to avoid any shortage in future’.
Big preparation in Karbighiya too
While the process of setting up the oxygen plant at the Superspecialty Hospital in Karbighiya is likely to be completed by August 4. A new plant at Danapur Railway Hospital has been made functional on trial basis. Oxygen plants at Sonpur Hospital will be operational from July 31 and the process of setting up other plants in Samastipur Hospital will be completed after the finalization of tender. An oxygen plant at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Railway Hospital will be commissioned on July 31, while letter of intent has been issued for a plant at Dhanbad Hospital.
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Railway preparation for children
Considering the fact that the third wave may affect children the most, the Railway Hospital at Karbighia has earmarked 10 separate beds in the pediatric ward and six in the ICU. Dr RK Verma, Medical Director of the hospital informed that specially designed ventilators and other necessary equipment will be procured for children.
92% of all employees received their first dose of vaccines
About 92% of ECR employees of East Central Railway have received the first dose of Kovid vaccines and 23% have received the second dose. The CPRO said that ‘we have decided to give the first dose of vaccine to all employees by 31 July and the second dose by 31 October’. It is important to know here that 6,000 East Central Railway employees were found corona positive during the second wave.