Health Dept. Issues guidelines to Augment Human Resources for COVID-19

Kohima, May 12 (NEx): The Principal Director of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Neikhrielie Khimiao issued guidelines to mobilize trained human resources for effective management of Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

The PD informed that students of GNM or B.Sc. (Nursing) and Allied Health Care professionals courses who are undergoing internship or are in Final Year awaiting Final Exam, may be given full time Non Covid essential services duties at Government/ Private facilities under the supervision of Senior Faculty. The existing medical staff, wherever thus relieved of Non-COVID essential services duties, should be deployed for COVID-19 duties.

The order also said that students of ANM courses who are undergoing Intern or are in Final Year awaiting Final Exam may be given full time Covid Vaccination Nursing duties at Government/Private facilities under the supervision of Senior Faculty. The existing medical staff, wherever thus
relieved of Non-COVID essential services duties, should be deployed for COVID-19 duties.

Also, students of GNM or B.Sc. (Nursing), ANM and Allied Health Care professionals courses who are in 2nd year may be utilized in clinical documentation and other ancillary service but should not be given the responsibility of any clinical care and services, the order said.

Further, it said that if any Interns or Final Year Student of Medical Professions undergoing studies elsewhere but are presently in the State may also apply for engagement.

The PD also informed that the above mentioned Health professionals thus engaged shall be suitably remunerated at the rate approved by the State Government and they will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers fighting Covid-19.

All such professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of Covid duty and complete it successfully will be eligible for the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from Government of India as well as the incentives sanctioned by the State Government from time to time.

The respective Hospital administrations are to ensure that the medical professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work are suitably vaccinated.

The Principal Director ordered this in pursuant to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India order and in view of the need for increasing the availability of trained human resources to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

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