The Indian Railways has been taking measures to improve medical facilities in response to the death of a railway officer due to cardiac arrest, on a Jaipur-Kota train. The Supreme Court then issued directions, based on a PIL filed post the tragic incident.
According to a senior official in The Times of India, around 88 life-saving equipment, medicines and injections will be available, at all stations, and on all trains.
A total of 162 trains have been identified and provided with the new first-aid boxes, which contain around 58 different kinds of medicines, and first aid material.
According to the official, the new equipment will include delivery kits, oxygen cylinders, laryngoscopes, catheters, syringes, tablets, splints, bandages of various sizes, ointments and oxygen defibrillators.
A committee of AIIMS formed by the Supreme court is looking into the issue of providing emergency care to passengers travelling on trains. The committee’s report has listed the equipment that the Railways needs to provide.
Until now, stations and trains would carry a first aid box, but it was of a basic nature.
Among other measures, the Railways is providing folding stretchers at all stations and will seek the help of doctors travelling on the trains, or present at the nearest station, if the need arises.
The new box will be a significant improvement over the other, and will contain life-saving drugs on long-distance trains. Along with the help of a doctor on-board, proper medical care will be administered to passengers. Selected long-distance trains will also carry the augmented first aid boxes.
The Railway’s Lifeline Express has been running on the Indian Railways network for the past 27 years, providing medical services to lakhs of passengers across India. All TTE’s, guards and station masters are trained in providing basic medical care, the officer concluded.
In case of emergencies, station masters/managers are empowered to summon the Railway Medical Officer on call to attend to passengers.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)