The Delhi government on Wednesday announced an ambitious plan to train 5,000 youths to work as medical assistants under doctors and nurses. They will be trained by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, formerly Indraprastha University, at city’s nine major medical institutes for two weeks starting June 28.
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who said that the decision was taken in wake of the shortage of medical and paramedical staff seen during the first and second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“During the first and second Covid-19 waves, we saw shortage of medical and paramedical staff. So, the government has an ambitious plan to prepare 5,000 health assistants. 5,000 youths will be trained by IP University for two weeks each. They’ll be given basic training at Delhi’s nine major medical institutes,” news agency ANI quoted CM Kejriwal as saying.
The candidates for health assistants will be trained in nursing, paramedics, life-saving, first aid, and home care.
Eligibility criteria for Delhi health assistants:
- Should have passed Class 12 exams
- Should be above 18 years of age
Applications for the two-week programme will be rolled out online from Thursday, June 17.
“They’ll work as doctors-nurses’ assistants. They’ll be given basic training in nursing, paramedics, life-saving, first aid and home care. Online applications can be filled from June 17, training from June 28. Eligible candidates should’ve cleared Class 12 and should be 18+,” the chief minister said.
The health assistants will be roped in as and when their services are required during the third wave of the pandemic. They will be paid according to the number of days they work, he added.