NEW DELHI, May 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed the growing need of adequate human resources for responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and took several important decisions to boost availability of medical personnel in Covid duty.
• A decision was also taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least four months and the exam will not be held before August 31 this year.
• Students will also be given at least one month time after announcement of exam before it is conducted.
• It was also decided to allow deployment of medical interns in Covid management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the internship rotation.
• The services of final year MBBS students can be utilised for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of faculty.
• The services of final year Post Graduate students (broad as well as super-specialities) as residents may continue to be utilised until fresh batches of PG students have joined.
• B.Sc. or GNM qualified nurses may be utilised in full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of senior doctors and nurses, it said/
• The individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments after they complete minimum of 100 days of Covid duty.
• The medical students or professionals sought to be engaged in Covid-related work will be suitably vaccinated and all health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the insurance scheme of government for health workers engaged in fighting Covid-19.
• All such professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of Covid duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s distinguished “Covid National Service Samman”.