The Union government has decided to allow the deployment of medical interns in COVID management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the internship rotation. The decision has been taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to combat the growing shortage of human resources.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement said, “The services of final Year MBBS students can be utilised for providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases after due orientation by and under supervision of faculty. This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in COVID duty and provide boost to efforts of triaging.”
The services of final year PG students (broad as well as super-specialties) as residents may continue to be utilised until fresh batches of PG students join, the PMO said. It was also clarified that qualified nurses may be utilised in full-time COVID nursing duties under the supervision of senior doctors and nurses.
Priority in govt recruitments
The individuals providing services in COVID management will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments after they complete a minimum of 100 days of COVID duty.
The medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in COVID-related work will be suitably vaccinated. All health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the insurance scheme of government for health workers engaged in fighting the pandemic.
All such professionals who sign up for a minimum of 100 days of COVID duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman by the Union government.
NEET-PG exam postponed
During the meeting chaired by PM Modi, it was also decided to postpone the NEET-PG exam for at least four months. The Centre had now clarified that the exam will not be held before August 31.
The government has said that the students will be given at least a month’s time after the announcement of the exam before it is conducted. The decision has been taken to ensure the availability of a significant number of doctors for COVID duties.
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