Passenger Trains of Pakistan Railways have been turned in to isolation wards in order to cure the patients of coronavirus COVID 19.
Social media users lauded the efforts of Railways minister Sheikh Rasheed to counter the spread of virus, by turning some Passenger Trains into mobile hospitals, equipped with all medical facilities and availability of doctors 24/7.
Here is how twitter reacted:
Good job Pakistan Railway.
Mobile hospital created in Passenger Van's . As it's not possible to built huge buildings for treating corona patients and we also need isolation wards.This thing can serve the requirement.
A good initiative. Well done @ShkhRasheed and @pid_gov👍👍👍
— Sameed 🇵🇰 (@sameedshakil) March 30, 2020
Pakistan Railways Rawalpindi Division has dedicated 6 coaches as a special quarantine ward. 40 beds with complete medical facilities and attended by doctors are made available for the isolation of suspected COVID19 cases.@ShkhRasheed #COVID19 #COVID19Pakistan #Corona pic.twitter.com/bKmtRYOvPP
— Syed مظاہر Bukhari™ (@iamsyed121472) March 30, 2020
— Shiffa Z. Yousafzai (@Shiffa_ZY) March 30, 2020
Good effort by Railways !
— Farhan Memon Advocate (@FarhanMemonPTI) March 30, 2020
Earlier Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed has said that passengers trains are not resumed from Tuesday and will remain closed till further orders.
He said that these directions issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting of the core committee.
He said that all freight trains are operating across the country. “There 65 hospitals and dispensaries run by the railways and we reserving them for coronavirus patients. We have established a 65-bed isolation ward at Rawalpindi’s Railway Hospital,” he added.
He declared that the railway will bear all expenditures incurred on the treatment of coronavirus patients in its hospitals.
However The minister said that the railway is playing a key role in the transportation of pulses, rice, ghee and petroleum. “A sum of Rs150 billion has been approved in the ECC meeting.
Moreover He said that the situation in Pakistan will not head towards the curfew in Pakistan.
“The people adopting precautionary measures serving the country and the nation. Pakistan is not facing the situation like Italy and Spain. The coming 15 days very important. The epidemic will start receding if it did not spread further in coming 15 days,” he said.
Furthermore The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,848 on Tuesday after new cases reported in the country.