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Press Release No. 44111-03-2020


                                                                 SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

                                      Press Release No. 441  Dt. 10.03.2020


 In view of prevailing Global situation, Ministry of Railways joining hands with Ministry of Health and Family welfare has advised Zonal Railways to take precautions so that the contagious Corona Virus (Covid -19) is prevented.

To alert and educate passengers, SWR has swung into action and taken many measures for this awareness campaign.

For the information of passengers, Posters have been displayed at entrance and prominent places in Railway Stations o­n the precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the said virus.

The posters graphically display the Dos and Don’t to be observed to protect o­neself and others from spread of Corona Virus (Covid -19).  Passengers are requested to frequently wash their hands with sanitizer/soap and water at regular intervals. They are also requested to cover their nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue when coughing/sneezing. It is advised to consult doctor if there is fever, difficulty in breathing, coughing, all being symptoms of Corona Virus.  The 24x7 help line no.011-23978046 set up by Central Govt. has also been prominently displayed for any assistance.

Announcements are being made in PA system by playing audio clips containing preventive measures to be taken by public.  Video clips issued by Dept of Health and Welfare are also being played in CCTV for the benefit of the public. Educative messages o­n prevention of spread of the virus are also being issued via social media of SWR #cautionyespanickno.

Covid -19 campaign for health education and awareness programme   has been started since last 3 days by distributing handouts and educative materials with the aim of spreading knowledge of the travelling public.  This programme is being conducted every day, with the help of Railway Hospital staff and Divisional health officers and MCC health staff.

A cleaning protocol for Covid 19 has been adopted by SWR; At Railway Stations, areas which come under frequent contact of travelling public/public interface areas such as entrance handrails in coaches, door handles latch, toilet health faucets, water taps etc are being cleaned frequently. Mechanized Cleaning is already being adopted at stations and trains o­n SWR. Fumigation of trains before departure is being done at the pit-lines as per standard protocol. Cleaning has been intensified at catering establishments at Railway stations too.

As a precautionary measure, separate clinics for patients having cough, fever have been formed at Central Hospital/Hubballi, Railway Hospital/Mysuru & Railway Hospital/Bengaluru.  Medical help is also being extended to passengers not feeling well at Railway stations.

Quarantine wards have been created as a preparatory measure,that can be used for treatment of patients infected with the virus.  o­n SWR, 229 Rooms (706 beds) at 7 locations have been identified, sanitized and prepared with Quarantine facilities.  Out of this 216 beds have been isolated exclusively for treatment of suspected Corona Virus victims.  Isolation wards are established at Central Hospital, Hubballi and Railway hospital, Mysuru.  The facility can be used for the general public and in case of necessity State Govt may also use them.

1)Multi Discipline Training Centre, Mysore Division, Ashokpuram, Mysuru

2)Multi Discipline Training Centre, Hubbali Division, Dharwad

3)Diesel Training Centre, Diesel Shed, Hubballi

4)Railway Protection Force Women Barracks, Hubballi Division Goods Shed Road, Hubballi

5)Supervisors Training College, Bengaluru

6)Divisional PWay Training Centre(DPWTC)/ Bangalore Division Bengaluru Cant.

7)Indian Railway Institute for Disaster Management, Bangalore Division, Hejjala, Ramanagar Bengaluru

Items required like masks, gloves, caps, hand-wash sanitizers, aprons etc, to treat suspected cases, have been stocked in sufficient quantities.

SWR has suspended Bio-metric system of attendance being in vogue for marking attendance   till further advice.

Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR has requested travelling public to cooperate with Railway by following instructions to protect o­neself and others and preventing the spread of contagious virus. Shri Singh informed that the essence is in prevention of spreading this virus and basically it is about maintaining personal hygiene.  He also requested public not to panic. 

“Help us to help you, together we can fight Corona Virus.”



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