India: Indian Railways Manufactures 1000 PPEs in a Single Day And Transports 1150 Tonne Equipment Amid Lockdown


In an attempt to fulfil the dire need for personal protective equipments (PPE) for medical staff across India, to battle Coronavirus, the Northern Railways has manufactured 1,003 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits in just a single day.

The Indian Railways, which has stopped the work at its manufacturing units, has started preparing the PPE, face masks, IV stands, medical beds, stools and sanitisers at its workshops across the country.

Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar said: “Our workshop has prepared 1003 PPE in a single day on Sunday, which is a record.”

He said, till date the northern Railway workshop has prepared 2,464 number of PPEs.

PPEs suits are required by the medical staff while treating the Covid-19 patient as a measure to avoid direct contact.

The PPEs manufactured by Jagadhari railway workshop passed the test conducted by DRDO on April 5.

The national transporter has planned to manufacture 1.30 lakh PPEs at its workshops across the country by May-end.

The Northern Railway official further said that the workshop of the zone are working round the clock to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kumar said, besides PPEs, Northern Railways workshops have produced a total numbers of 32,682 face masks, 4,715 liters of sanitiser and also converted 540 coaches into isolation wards for the Covid-19 patients.

On Sunday, the total number of Covid-19 patients in India rose to 16,115 with 519 people losing their lives to the pandemic.

The Indian Railways, which has suspended the passenger, mail and express train services during the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus, has transported 1,150 tonnes of medical items during the lockdown by Saturday, officials said today.

A Railway Ministry spokesperson said the national transporter has been ensuring seamless transportation of medical items on priority during the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19.

He said, “Indian Railways continues to deliver medicines, masks, hospital items and other medical commodities through its timetabled parcel services to strengthen Government”s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of corona virus in the country.”

He said as on Saturday, Indian Railways has transported 1,150 tonnes of medical items in various parts of the country.

The official said that Western Railway has transported 328.84 tonnes of medical items and Northern Railway transported 399.71 tonnes of medical items since the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24.

On Sunday, the total number of Covid-19 patients in India rose to 16,115 with 519 people losing their lives to the pandemic.

The national transporter is running only freight and special parcel trains to ensure supply of essential supply across the country.

Meanwhile, the Northern Railway in the last two days loaded 33 rakes of goods trains and unloaded 27 rakes of essential items at Delhi division.

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