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Covid-19: Railway production units asked to explore possibility of manufacturing medical equipment

The ministry of railways, in consultation with production units and zonal railway workshops, has decided to use the manufacturing facilities of its production units to manufacture essential items which can be utilised for treatment of people affected by the pandemic.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020, 07.38 AM IST
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New Delhi: The Indian Railways has asked its rolling stock production units to explore the possibility of manufacturing medical equipment, as it prepares for the Covid-19 outbreak to unfold in India.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in India reached 492 on Tuesday, with 10 deaths reported on account of the disease.

The ministry of railways, in consultation with production units and zonal railway workshops, has decided to use the manufacturing facilities of its production units like Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in West Bengal, Integral Coach Factory, Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, Rail Wheel Factory in Yelahanka, Karnataka, to manufacture essential items which can be utilised for treatment of people affected by the pandemic.

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The railway board has issued necessary instructions to the general managers of these production units to explore the feasibility of manufacture of items like hospital beds without mattresses, medical trolleys for hospitals and quarantine facilities, IV stands, stretchers, hospital bedside lockers, washbasins with stands, ventilators, personal protective equipment like masks, sanitizers, water tanks, among others, a statement issued by the ministry on Tuesday said.

In a grim message sent out on Monday night, the railways ministry said that the national transporter did not stop even during wartime.

"Indian Railways never stopped even at the time of war. Understand the seriousness of the situation, stay home," the ministry said in a tweet.
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