Central Govt may ask the MBBS and nursing final year students to join COVID warriors
The final year students of the MBBS and other nursing courses may be asked to join the health care department by the central government, due to the shortage of healthcare personnel as India battles the second wave of Covid-19.
The decision is said to have been taken at a virtual meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with experts to review oxygen and medicine availability.
This decision was taken to increase the number of health workers to fight the COVID-19 virus.
“In the meeting, many steps to incentivise students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join Covid duty were taken, details of which will come out tomorrow,” sources said.
The decisions taken at the meeting might also include delaying the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination and incentivising MBBS pass-outs studying for it to join Covid duty. It might also include utilising services of final year MBBS and nursing students in Covid Duty.
Medical personnel doing Covid duty might be given preference in government recruitment as well as a financial incentive, sources said.
The meeting came amid reports of healthcare personnel feeling overwhelmed in some parts of the country due to the rise in the Covid-19 cases, with testing facilities also being under a strain.
On Sunday reported its highest single-day toll of 3,689 Covid deaths. The country also saw a slight dip in the daily numbers with 3,92,488 new cases reported in the 24 hours.
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