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NFR efforts to face up to coronavirus


GUWAHATI, March 17 - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today said that medical control rooms at designated hospitals within its operational area have been set up as the entire machinery works to prevent spread of coronavirus.

�As a matter of preparedness, NFR has already opened medical control rooms at designated hospitals within its operational area. Details of such hospitals with contact numbers of doctors have been circulated through various media, including social media,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.

It is noteworthy that NFR had earlier made provision of 1,122 beds in different locations for keeping the patients in quarantine if required.

�Railway authorities are in close contact with the nodal authorities of the respective state governments for close coordination. Our staff is undertaking thorough cleaning of all coaches apart from railway premises. Special emphasis on frequent disinfection of coaches is being given in all coaching depots under NFR. Sanitising of all critical areas of mass contact in all the coaches are being done after the rake is released from pit examination and washing,� said Chanda.

A team has been deployed for disinfection work in all NFR divisions.

�In addition to this, On Board House Keeping Service (OBHS) staff on board running trains are carrying out cleaning of all long-distance passenger trains at frequent intervals. There are 10 to 12 OBHS staff in each train who carry cleaning equipment and disinfecting chemicals with them to keep the inside of coach clean and hygienic during journey,� said the NFR CPRO.

NFR had last week withdrawn the provision of blankets and curtains in air-conditioned coaches of all trains to prevent spread of coronavirus till the situation improves.

�Special drives for disinfection are being carried out in all major stations with huge footfall of passengers. Lift, escalators, staircases, chairs and water taps in stations are being disinfected regularly by using approved chemicals in line with sanitising of all critical areas of mass contact. Senior officials are regularly monitoring the preparedness to deal with any possible outbreak,� said Chanda.

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