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Pak Railways plan on board medical coaches on mail and express trains

Pakistan Railways (PR) has made plans to include a medical coach in its express and mail trains to provide on-board medical facilities to passengers, PR sources have said.

Lahore, May 27 : Pakistan Railways (PR) has made plans to include a medical coach in its express and mail trains to provide on-board medical facilities to passengers, PR sources have said.

Officials said the Samjhauta Express tragedy and the tragic incident where a man coming from India died in the train at the Wagah railway station prompted the PR to consider attaching a medical coach in its express and mail trains.

"A couple of incidents, where lives could have been saved had there been on-board medical facilities, prompted PR authorities to include a medical coach in trains," said a PR official.

"The plan to include a medical coach in trains is expected be approved in the budget," the official added.

According to the Daily Times, each medical coach will house a specialist doctor, three paramedics and a helper. Almost all first aid medical facilities, including oxygen, will be provided in the medical coach.

Even salaries of the medical staff will be equivalent to those working at government hospitals, the paper reported.

Earlier, Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had directed authorities to appoint doctors in mail and express trains running across the country. But now it has been decided that a proper medical coach equipped with latest medical facilities will be running with trains, the official said.

However, Lahore Divisional Superintendent Muhammad Khalid said the project was "a difficult task" for the railways, as PR lacked the required resources to materialise the plan.

"The PR had already been facing a shortage of doctors and other medical staff. About 50,000 to 60,000 people travel daily on around 30 mail and express trains across the country. It is difficult to execute the plan. The railways minister might have perceived the idea of medical coaches from foreign countries, but doctors from government hospitals would never cooperate with PR authorities," Khalid said.

"A large number of doctors run private clinics in the evening and they will not be able to earn extra money if they travel with a train," he said.

ANI

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