The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to derail practice operations within the railway community of Kerala with the frontline personnel, together with 70 loco pilots in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad Railway divisions, testing constructive for the virus.
Around 400 Railway personnel within the two divisions primarily based within the State capital and Palakkad have been contaminated with COVID-19 and both hospitalised or subjected to quarantine or isolation as on Tuesday.
The nationwide transporter is anxious over the practice operations, as 42 loco pilots of Palakkad division and 28 of Thiruvananthapuram division are out of the roster because of COVID. In Palakkad division, 46 folks within the Engineering and 27 of the Commercial wing have examined constructive.
In Thiruvananthapuram division, 200 personnel examined constructive in numerous wings. Over 11 Station Masters, 11 Points Man, 12 Guards, and eight personnel of the Control Office are contaminated. The Commercial Manager and the Operations Manager are additionally amongst these affected. The Commercial wing has been the worst hit as 49 had examined constructive.
Since March 1, six deaths because of COVID-19 was reported in Thiruvananthapuram division, the final being a Section Engineer T. Anil on May 3. Station Superintendent of Thiruvananthapuram Central Shaj Kumar, Station Superintendent of Kochuveli P. Kumar, and Sujeet Kumar Dhawan, Goods Guard of Ernakulam, are amongst those that have succumbed to pandemic.
What is worrying for the Railway authorities is that solely 60% of the staff above 45 years have been vaccinated in Thiruvananthapuram division. Of the entire 9,500 staff, solely 3,750 above 45 years and 579 beneath 45 years have been vaccinated. In Palakkad, which has a staff of 6,507, solely 2,547 have gotten the primary dose and 677 the second dose. But, those that bought the second dose are primarily RPF personnel and well being employees.
Divisional Railway Manager R. Mukund advised The Hindu that the State had been approached to make obtainable vaccine for the Railway personnel on a precedence foundation in view of the surge in COVID-19 amongst its frontline staff.