How PM Modi can reduce shortage of medical personnel to serve in COVID-19 ICUs AssochamCIICOVID-19FICCIIMANATHEALTH and AHPIPMO MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article COVID-19 Updates HR News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on April 23, 2021 Consortia representing the private healthcare sector suggest ways to rope in post graduate medical students, interns, foreign medical graduates, final year nurses and technicians, to serve in COVID-19 ICUsIn a letter to the PMO, the newly formed consortia representing the private healthcare sector have suggested ways to incentivise post graduate medical students appearing for the NEET exams, interns, foreign medical graduates, final year nurses and technicians, to serve in COVID-19 ICUs with a combination of stipends and grace marks for future qualification exams.Along with making available of additional manpower the note to the PLO also points out that there is also a necessity to increase/ add-on the existing infrastructure of oxygen beds, ICU beds [with and without ventilators] and ensuring uninterrupted oxygen and medicine supplies.The letter also requested that the Government provide appropriate insurance coverage to all healthcare professionals engaged in overcoming COVID-19.The letter specified that the allotment of the additional manpower thus created is to be managed by the Government and appropriately distributed to the Governmental and private set-ups managing COVID-19.The letter posits that if these suggestions are implemented immediately with necessary administrative requirements, it will ‘instantaneously increase the number of medical, nursing and technical manpower in the country and thereby effectively enable healthcare professionals to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.’The letter from the National Working Group on COVID, consisting of industry leaders of IMA, ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, NATHEALTH and AHPI, details the impact of the second wave of the COVID -19 pandemic which is exerting immense pressure on the infrastructure, manpower and management of the healthcare system across the country, ‘almost to the breaking point, and which could become catastrophic.’According to the letter, at present, the country has only 75,000 -95,000 ICU beds which are already full, though the pandemic is yet to reach the peak.Every day nearly 3, 00,000 people are getting tested positive and every positive patient amount to five more patients being positive but not tested.Assuming about 5 per cent of the COVID-19 positive patients need an ICU bed, the letter states that there is a need for least 50,000 new ICU beds every day for the next 4 -5 months.Making the point further, the letter points out that at least 3 lakh nurses and paramedics and between 1.5 -2 lakhs junior doctors, will be needed to staff the additional required facilities of 2 lakh ICU beds. The current pandemic is expected to last at least 4-5 months with waves to occur thereafter.Detailed suggestionsThe letter suggests that the NEET Postgraduate examination, for which approximately 1.7 lakh students appear every year, could be conducted online, and the results announced immediately so that those who are not selected, can be provided with an opportunity to serve in COVID-19 ICUs. They can be incentivised by providing significant grace marks to be considered for the subsequent PG NEET examination.Likewise, interns who opt to work for 1 year in the COVID-19 ICUs, may similarly be provided significant grace marks while appearing for the post graduate NEET examination.The consortia’s letter suggests that Foreign Medical Graduates who are yet to pass the Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) Examination, could be given an opportunity to work in the COVID-19 ICUs for one year and incentivised by exemption from the FMG Examination and directly enrolled under the State Medical Council.The letter specifies that all three above categories of medical students should be ‘appropriately compensated.’To meet the corresponding need for nursing and technicians, the letter suggests that final year nurses and technicians opting to work in COVID-19 ICUs can be utilised to work in hospitals with an attractive stipend. According to the letter, this has been successfully done in Haryana.Also, these nurses and paramedics can be given significant grace marks when applying for PG and also preference for selection for future Government jobs. Comments (0) Add Comment
The Ocean City beach replenishment project grinds to a halt and will be delayed for at least six weeks, according to Richard Pearsall, a spokesman with Army Corps Philadelphia District.The Liberty Island, a hopper dredger owned by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is undergoing engine replacement in Norfolk, Va. after it broke down on Saturday, May 30.Before the dredger was towed from the area, it had been replenishing the beach at 51st Street and work between 37th and 47th streets had been completed.This is the second time work has stopped on the Ocean City project since it started. The first stoppage lasted a week from April 29 to May 6 as crews sought to find and repair a leak in the submerged pipeline leading from the dredger to the beach.Ocean City business administrator Jim Mallon said that the administration is optimistic that once the dredger is repaired, operations will resume at the pace they were going prior to the engine failure.