Emergency rooms in 5 Delhi railway stations

Railways on Saturday decided to put in place a quick response mechanism in five rail stations to rescue any passenger.

Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 19:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Railways on Saturday decided to put in
place a quick response mechanism in five rail stations here to
rescue any passenger after a person died in a recent mishap at
Hazrat Nizamuddin terminal.
Northern Railway decided to set up Emergency Equipment
Room (EER) at five major stations of Delhi - New Delhi, Old
Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Terminal and Delhi Sarai
Rohilla. Key emergency numbers of nearby hospitals, including
private ones, would be also displayed at the rail stations.

At a meeting chaired by General Manager of the zone SK
Budhalakoti, officials also decided to engage round-the-clock
ambulance service at four major stations here.

The meeting came in the aftermath of the mishap at
Nizamuddin station on November 17 when a passenger slipped
while boarding a moving train and bled to death due to the
absence of quick medical response.

Railways have already ordered an enquiry into the
incident.
According to the decision, the emergency equipment rooms
will be equipped with a stretcher, trolley for patients, gas
cutter, first aid equipment, wheel chairs, towel, linen and
other basic medical equipments.

Budhalakoti at the meeting instructed all divisions to
launch an extensive public awareness campaign in the media and
through other sources to make passengers aware of the danger
of boarding/deboarding a moving train, a senior Northern
Railway official said.

In addition, General Manager has instructed all divisions
to tighten up their machinery for quick response to emergency
situation demanding immediate rescue operations.

According to the decision taken at the meeting today, all
the emergency measures would come in place from November 29.

The Station Master`s room will display the list of the
first-aid available at the station and list of telephone
numbers of all government and CGHS-approved private hospitals
to which passenger need to be referred in case of emergencies.

A list of ambulance services, fire brigade and other
district authorities would also be displayed prominently for
any emergency help, the official said.

The stations would also display prominently the list of
doctors from the nodal railway hospital linked to a particular
station who are to be called in an emergency.

The maximum response time for such doctors has been kept
at 30 minutes depending upon the distance from the station.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division would
review the performance and upkeep of these facilities once
every month with immediate effect. Frequent and periodical
review would also be undertaken by General Manager, Northern
Railway.

PTI