Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway has geared up its entire machinery in a big way to take comprehensive measures on the prevention of Corona COVID 19 virus infection. It has directed the Railway Medical Wing and Divisional Railway Managers to ensure that adequate prevention measures are put in place across the zone.

Control Rooms have been set up at important places over ECoR System and the staff have been sensitized and educated about the subject. The collaboration and coordination with the concerned health authorities is also being ensured.

The following action has been taken to guard against Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

a. Information, Education, & Communication (IEC) material (posters, banners, and pamphlets) regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) are being prominently displayed for awareness of passengers and the general public in local language at railway stations and in trains and are also being distributed to patients visiting hospitals, Railway colonies, Health units, hospitals, and office buildings. Audio and video clips are being played at railway stations to spread awareness. Public announcements are being made at stations.

b. In Railway hospitals, Persons with fever are being separated from other patients. Separate counters/wards with specific signage for fever cases have been established. The medical staff has been deployed in such areas having proper protective gear.

c. Railway hospitals have been provided with isolation beds for fever-related cases for treating suspected Coronavirus cases with the availability of necessary protective gear. Further, Railways has identified specific beds for quarantine at different locations across the country.

d. The medical staff has been advised that if any patient of Coronavirus disease is suspected or reported in any of the Railway Hospital/Health Unit over ECoR System, the same may be informed to local health authorities immediately.

e. All medical in-charges 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 & curative measures suggested by such State Authorities.

f. Control Rooms and Telephone helplines have been set up at all Railway hospitals.

g. The Isolation/Quarantine Centre beds in the Railway premises would be utilized in consultation with local State Administration, whenever needed.

h. Health Education Camps have been conducted in Railway settlement to create awareness among Railway beneficiaries.

i. Training has been imparted to all health care workers regarding preventive strategies.

j. Ten bedded Isolation wards, equipped with drugs and life-saving equipment, earmarked in Central Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Divisional Hospitals at Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Visakhapatnam for suspected COVID cases.

k. Blankets and curtains being removed from AC coaches as an extra precaution to keep safe and guard against the possible spread of any infection. Extra bed sheets will be provided on demand. This is an additional safeguard and a sanitizing measure.

L. Special emphasis on continuously disinfecting coaches and toilets.

m. Cleanliness and sanitation in station areas and Railway colonies being strictly monitored.