GUWAHATI, March 11 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today said that it has taken various measures to tackle the spread of the deadly coronavirus within its jurisdiction.
�The Chairman of the Railway Board and all the General Managers of different Zonal Railways are monitoring the steps taken to create awareness and prevention of the disease as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, as crores of passengers, including foreign nationals, travel daily by train. As awareness is the key to stopping the spread of the disease, NFR is taking various steps to make travellers aware,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NF Railway.
He said that regular announcements are being made in local languages through public address system at all stations.
�Posters in various languages depicting the Do�s and Don�ts for protection from the virus are being displayed in prominent locations like railway coaches, railway stations, railway colony, market, school, offices, hospitals, etc., where substantial numbers of people gather each day for work and journey. Videos showing the precautions to be taken are also being played in stations where such facilities are available,� Chanda said.
He said that as a matter of preparedness, medical control rooms are already in position at designated hospitals within the operational area of NF Railway.
�Details of such hospitals with contact numbers of doctors have been circulated through various media, including social media. Altogether 1,122 beds with isolation ward facilities have been kept ready in different hospitals within the jurisdiction of NFR for keeping the patients in quarantine in case of any suspicion. Hand sanitizers are being distributed among our frontline staff who frequently come in contact with public. Passengers are being informed to contact the TTEs or the Station Master for necessary medical assistance if they feel sick during travel,� said the NFR CPRO.
He added that the railway authorities are in close contact with the nodal authorities of the State government for close coordination.
�As of today, there is no confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus reported in the entire jurisdiction of NFR,� said Chanda.