IP University launches certificate course for health assistants
Delhi’s Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University announced on Saturday that it will start a two-week “certification course for health assistants” at nine medical schools and hospitals in the city from June 28. Earlier this month Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced his government would train 5,000 young people to help doctors and nurses as part of its preparations for a possible third wave of Covid-19.
Community health assistants or nursing assistants will receive a two-week basic training in nursing and life care. Training will begin from June 28 in batches of 500 candidates, he said. Indraprastha University’s two-week certificate course will be conducted in close coordination with the Delhi government, the institute said in a statement.
The nine medical institutions in the city where the course will be delivered are Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and Medical College, ESI PGIMSR, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences and the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, North DMC. Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Hospital and Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, he said. The certificate course has so far received an “incredible response” and a huge number of applications have been received for just 5,000 places in one week, the statement said.
A virtual meeting was called on Saturday under the chairmanship of the vice-chancellor of university professor Mahesh Verma to discuss the various steps to be taken to conduct the training program for the course. The dean of the University School of Medical and Paramedical Sciences, Dr Yatish Aggarwal, the Registrar of the University Ravi Dadhich and the heads of the nine medical institutions participated in the meeting.
It was decided that a batch of 50 candidates will be trained in each establishment. Only Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital will have two. Out of a pool of 5,000 applications received first, 500 applicants will be trained under the first batch and the remaining 4,500 in subsequent batches, the statement said.
They will be trained in basic nursing, paramedical care, rescue, first aid, home care, sample collection, oxygen concentrators, cylinder operations and other similar tasks. Upon successful completion of the training program, they will receive a certificate and medical kit including blood pressure meter, pulse oximeter, digital thermometer, etc. by the university.
These trained young people will assist doctors and nurses in the preparations for a possible third wave of Covid-19. These skilled health assistants will be on call whenever their services are needed during a disaster or epidemic, Verma said.
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