Kolkata, May 27 : South Eastern Railway (SER) has initiated a number of steps to confront the national crisis to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection. Though regular passenger train services remained suspended during the nationwide lockdown yet the freight train services continued along with Parcel Express Trains to maintain uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to different parts of the country, according to an SER statement here. This apart, Shramik Special trains are being run for carrying the stranded migrant workers, students and patients to their homes.
As per the directives of Railway Board, SER has geared up its machinery and adopted the following preventive measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic: As a precautionary measure to fight against COVID-19, SER is producing reusable face masks and hand sanitizer in its four divisions viz. Kharagpur, Adra, Ranchi and Chakradharpur as well as at Kharagpur Workshop.
As many as 1,13,176 reusable face masks and 8,219 litres of hand sanitizer have been produced so far. These have been distributed amongst the frontline staff like loco pilots & guards of the Freight, Parcel and Special trains to ensure their protection. It has also been planned to distribute these masks among all other employees of SER. In order to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus, SER has started manufacturing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Kits for supporting the railway doctors, para-medical staff and other healthcare personnel. The kits are manufactured mainly at Kharagpur Workshop and Kharagpur Division in association with SER Women’s Welfare Organisation, Kharagpur. The PPE Kit includes Face Cover, Eye Shield, NS-95 Mask, Coverall Gown with hood, Shoe Cover, Gloves etc. (UNI)