The Railways have decided to venture in the field of education and plan to establish a nursing college at Kalyan and a medical college at Nagpur on Central Railway.
There are also plans to post full-time doctors in running trains for immediate on-board medical attention.
A senior CR official said the colleges will be built on a public-private partnership basis and will be open to all medical students. The ministry of railways is planning to establish 18 medical colleges attached to existing railway hospitals at Chennai, Hyderabad, Bilaspur, Lucknow, Barasat, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jodhpur, Gardenreach, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, B.R.Singh Hospital/Kolkata, Bhopal, Jammu and Thiruvanthapuram.
Seven nursing colleges are to be established attached to existing railway hospitals in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai (Kalyan), Chennai, Secunderabad, Lucknow and Jabalpur. Railways also propose to set up a training institute at Dankuni (West Bengal).
“First-aid facilities are provided for travelling passengers on all the long distance trains. But now proposals to depute a doctor on few long distance trains, having practically no stoppages en route, is under process.
All long distance passenger trains are provided with first-aid boxes containing essential drugs and dressing materials.
They are available with the guard of the train,” an official said.
“The new first-aid boxes with wider range of medicines, disposable medical material etc have been provided with the train superintendents of Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains and guards of other nominated trains. Services of doctors travelling as passengers are also utilised to attend to passengers who are in need of urgent medical assistance,” he added.
In addition, a database has also been developed regarding availability of the non-railway medical facilities along railway tracks and at stations en route for providing emergency medical care to sick passengers in the trains.