Dimapur, May 11: To boost its thinly-stretched COVID-19 work force, Nagaland Government has decided to mobilise students undergoing internship or in their final year of Nursing and Allied Health Care professional courses to perform non-COVID duties.
According to a DIPR bulletin, students of GNM or B.Sc. (Nursing) and Allied Health Care professional courses, who are undergoing internship or awaiting final year 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, it added.
Students of ANM courses undergoing internship, or are awaiting final year exam, may also be given full time COVID vaccination nursing duties at government/private facilities under the supervision of senior faculty. Likewise, 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 professional courses, who are in 2nd year, may be employed in clinical documentation and other ancillary service, but should not be given the responsibility of any clinical care and services, it stated.
Further, interns or final year student of medical professions undergoing studies elsewhere but are presently in the State may apply for engagement.
Those health professionals should be suitably remunerated at the rate approved by the State Government and covered under the insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19, it added.
“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,” it reminded.
Recently, the Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao had told Nagaland Page that in order to tackle the mounting number of COVID-19 positive patients in Dimapur and Kohima, the Department has decided to requisition 1 doctor, 2 nurses and 1 lab technician each from the other 10 districts. (Page News Service)