The Health Department of Gujarat announced the decision on assigning UG medical students for providing their services at COVID hospitals in the state. By providing adequate training to the medical students, the COVID-19 hospitals in Gujarat can get assistance in handling the pandemic. This particular decision was made by the health department on Friday as there are fewer human resources across the hospitals.
The resolution has been issued by the health department as per the Gujarat Epidemic Regulations, 2020. Haresh Parmar, the Undersecretary of the state health department said, ‘Taking note of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state, there is a possibility of lack of human resources in the coming time.’ Following the resolution, the students pursuing their respective UG medical courses across various colleges will undergo training. It includes Gujarat Medical Education Research (GMERS) colleges, grant-in-aid institutes, Government medical and paramedical colleges, and other self-financed medical institutes in the state.
The students will be trained in different COVID-related subjects like COVID care and management. The experienced nodal officers working at dedicated COVID hospitals, medical and other taluka health officers, and incharges of the microbiology department will provide training to the students. The students pursuing their 2nd and 3rd-year Undergraduation in MBBS, BAMS, BDS, BHMS, B.Sc in microbiology and nursing, physiotherapists, and GNM [General Nursing and Midwifery] will be given training.
All the aforementioned students will undergo training in about 1 to 5 days. The vital topics that the students will get training include critical care assistance, collecting samples from COVID-19 patients, prevention and control of infection, clinical management of COVID, packaging, caregiver to home-isolated patients, field surveillance, and supervision. As per the training module, the medical students will be given various designations at COVID hospitals in Gujarat. They are considered as ‘COVID assistants’ who work under the guidance of COVID-specific hospitals.
The key duties of these students include providing clinical care, tele-counselling, health and medical data management, logistics, data analysis, psychological support helplines, preventive care, and more. In general, the 3rd and final year medical students will be taught field surveillance and psycho-social care as their official subjects. Even in the training modules, these subjects are included that helps the students to easily gain knowledge about it. Following the resolution, the 1st and 2nd-year students will also be trained as per the requirement.
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