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Indian Railways fully prepared to tackle H1N1

The railways has been put on high alert following the growing incidence of swine flu across the country. The Railway Board has issued directives to all the zones to put the railway doctors on alert, particularly at every major station.

Since the people have been travelling by trains especially from the affected places like Pune and Mumbai, the railways has decided to take preventive steps as well as provide medical aid to suspect passengers on running trains.

Gyan Prakash Srivastava, the divisional railway manager (DRM), Danapur, said the railways is fully prepared to deal with all such cases.

The railway hospitals have been kept on alert to provide treatment to patients in any emergency.

Railway doctors have been asked to visit the Patna station regularly to examine passengers either coming from Pune or going there, he said.

The DRM said the Pune-Patna Express, running four days a week, has been kept under strict surveillance as this train has been originating from a swine flu-affected place. Fortunately, no such case has been found so far on this particular train, he added. “There has not been any direct effect on the occupancy rate of passengers travelling by the Patna-Pune Express so far.”

According to chief medical director (CMD) of East Central Railway (ECR), U Singh, railway doctors have been kept on high alert following a directive issued by the Railway Board.

The railways has also been asked by the Patna civil surgeon to refer any suspect to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, where an isolation ward has been created to provide treatment to such patients, said Singh. The CMD admitted that no medicines were available with the railway hospitals to provide proper medical treatment to patients suffering from swine flu. Nevertheless, the railways has started counselling passengers travelling by most of the Maharashtra-bound trains from Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and the other major stations of ECR, he said.

A few students, including Jaikishan, Mohan and Bishnu, studying management or engineering in Pune, incidentally, returned to Patna on Monday as they were scared of being infected by the H1N1 virus.

They said a large number of Bihari students were all keen on returning home from Pune.

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