In an attempt to provide quick medical aid to rail accident victims, the Central Railway has introduced its rail ambulance, which is the first fully air-conditioned Medical Recovery Van on Indian Railways.
An initiative of the Central Railway, the 4-coach Medical Rail Vehicle will be used for:
- Providing emergency treatment to rail accident victims
- Transportation of critical patients
- Performing minor surgeries
- Provision of health care facilities to railway people staying in peripheries
In a press statement released by the public relations department of the Central Railway, it stated that the rail ambulance can accommodate 10 injured passengers.
Following are the main features of rail ambulance:
- Disaster management during railway accidents
- Useful for transportation of injured from accident site to hospital in short time
- Providing emergency treatment to accident victims
- Medical facilities in large congregations like kumbh mela
- Multipurpose health check-up camps in peripheries and small way-side stations where medical facilities are inaccessible to railway staff
- Health education and awareness campaigns through poster exhibitions, lectures and PowerPoint presentations.
- Provision of operation theatre to carry out minor operations like sterilisations (tubectomies and vasectomies), cataract among others
- Aesthetically pleasing interiors
The Rail Ambulance Medical Camps were organised at five locations – Dhulia in Bhusawal division, Wadi in Solapur division, Bhandak Station in Nagpur division, Dodramohar Stations and Pandhurna station in Nagpur division. The total number of beneficiaries from these camps is 1,816 people.