PM Modi reviews availability of medical personnel to tackle COVID-19; NEET PG exam postponed
Guwhati: Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took some key decisions to boost availability of medical personnel in fighting COVID-19.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Postgraduate) will be postponed for at least four months.
“Students will also be given alteast one month of time after announcement of exam after announcement of exam before it is conducted. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties,” the PMO in a release stated.
With an aim to increase the numbers of doctors, nurses and allied professionals for better management during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic, a decision to allow deployment of medical interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty was taken.
“This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and provide boost to efforts of triaging,” the statement read.
All the medical students as well as professionals who will thus be engaged in Covid related work, will be vaccinated and covered under the insurance scheme of government for health workers.
Moreover, professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of Covid related duty will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman, the statement added.
These decisions come as India reported as many as 3,68,147 new Covid cases on Monday which pushed the country’s tally close to 1,99,25,604.
A total of 3,417 new COVId-related fatalities were also reported in the same period which took the nationwide death toll to 2,18,959.
The number of active cases in the country currently stands at 3,413,642 which comprises 17.13% of the total confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country.