Final year MBBS students now turned into COVID warriors

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New Covid Warriors (Image: Pixabay)
New Covid Warriors (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : The Centre on Monday announced that the final year students of MBBS, BSc and GNM-qualified nurses can be deployed in COVID duties. It also announced that the students who will complete 100 days of duties will be given priority in the forthcoming government recruitments.

With this, the workload on doctors and other medical staff in Covid facilities can be reduced significantly.

Issuing a statement on Monday, the PMO said final-year MBBS students can be utilised for providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation under the faculty’s supervision. Medical interns will also be pressed into work under the supervision of their faculty.

BSc and GNM-qualified nurses would be utilised in full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of senior doctors and nurses.

The govt said that all such professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished COVID National Service Samman. They will also be covered under the government’s insurance scheme for health workers engaged in fighting Covid-19.

In an interesting announcement, 90,000-1 lakh doctors who have graduated from overseas universities but have not cleared a national entrance exam, Dr Shetty further said, adding that rendering services in the ICUs for a year should make them eligible to get registration certificates.