First batch training of 2-week Health Assistant Training in Covid-related care begins
The Delhi Government, in collaboration with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has initiated a Certificate Course for Health Assistants which will train 5000 individuals in COVID-related care, who will then be able to assist doctors and nurses in hospitals and also support their families and communities in medical emergencies. This Certificate Course was launched on Monday by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain, in the presence of Atishi, MLA Kalkaji and professors of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
The 2-week long course launched by Delhi Government will include 500 trainees in the first batch, who will be equipped with the knowledge of life support, heart functioning, COVID-care, blood testing, sampling, first aid, home care etc. The trainees will be taught how to measure oxygen, blood pressure, how to inject medicines as well. The two-week long course is divided into two stages – the first week will include didactic and demonstrative training while in the second week, trainees will receive a practical experience. 9 hospitals have been roped in for this course, where trainees will be given basic training. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Chacha Nehru Child Clinic, Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Ambedkar Medical College, ESIC Hospital Basaidharapur, Hindu Rao Hospital and Vardhaman Mahavir Hospital are the 9 hospitals involved. Delhi Government has disbursed an amount of Rs. 5 crore for this initiative.
Sisodia, who launched this Certificate Course said: “We want to create a model youth force in Delhi which will be equipped with all the basic skills and knowledge to fight any medical crisis. Not only will our youth be prepared to fight any crisis, they will also be able to provide medical assistance to their family and people in their community.”
Sisodia said: “Within a matter of 4 days, 1.5 people applied to be a part of this training programme. This indicates that people are enthusiastic to be a part of this course and learn. While in the first batch we have inducted 5000 trainees, we plan on scaling this and making it a long-term, ongoing initiative.”
Jain stated that this Certificate Course is extremely important to tackle any medical crisis of the future. This course will be able to provide individuals with employment opportunities considering there is an increasing need of health assistants in hospitals who will be able to assist nurses and doctors.
The Delhi Government will provide training in batches with 500 trainees, with a total of 5000 trainees, who will receive a certificate and medical kit upon completion of course. The medical kit includes blood pressure monitoring device, thermometer and oximeter.