New Delhi: After holding talks with experts and the review in the high-level committee, Prime Minister Modi has taken some important decisions to increase the medical workforce availability for the fight against Coronavirus. As per this decision, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Tests (NEET) for the Postgraduate admissions have been postponed by four months. A decision to allot COVID duties to the students studying in the final year of MBBS course has also been taken.
The number of active cases of Coronavirus has reached 3.2 million. A huge number of Corona patients are rushing to the hospitals for treatment. Although temporary COVID facilities are being created, there is a shortage of doctors and nurses at these facilities. Earlier, a decision to recall all the doctors and medical staff retired from the defence services for COVID duties had been taken. Now it has been decided to allot COVID duties even to the students of medicine.
To overcome the shortage of nurses, qualifying nurses from BSC and General Nursing and Midwifery will be allotted full-time COVID duties. Trainee medical staff will be asked to work under the guidance of seniors. All the medical staff performing these duties for 100 days will get a preference in government jobs.
The final MBBS students will be assigned the work of teleconsultations. The final MBBS students will also be allotted the responsibility of patients with mild symptoms. The PMO clarified that the decision has been taken that these final MBBS students and medical staff will be vaccinated while discharging their COVID duties.