Hospitals with more than 20 beds will be training insts to face the 3rd wave | Nagpur News
Nagpur: District registered hospitals with more than 20 beds to be transformed into “vocational training institutes” from June 1 for job applicants, aged 15 to 45, wishing to join the health sector booming on the horizon the third wave of the Covid pandemic.
About 55 courses in health, paramedical support, nursing, domestic medical personnel and driving would be provided free of charge to job applicants, followed by the issuance of a certificate of completion. The program was developed following advice from the central government’s Skill India initiative.
The state government, through the Department of Skills Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, initiated the dual purpose program through “Chief Minister Mahaarogya Kaushalya Vikas Prashiskhan Karyakram” to create a pool of skilled labor such as oxygen technicians, theater assistants, etc., who would be ready to take on responsibilities during the third wave scheduled for later this year. It will also provide employment opportunities in the economy affected by the pandemic.
Collector Ravindra Thakare, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner for Skills Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship PG Harde, President of the Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA) Dr Anup Marar and President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr Sanjay Deotale told a press conference on Friday that the administration aims to integrate a section of the educated but unemployed population into the mainstream of the health sector, where a labor force skilled labor would be needed to face the challenges of the coming third wave of Covid.
Harde said all hospitals can directly register and affiliate with the Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) through its website and upload their workforce requirements. “The state government has created a green channel facility for hospitals that can immediately begin training as soon as candidates are available and ready for specific courses,” he said.
Dr Marar said each hospital would get an amount per candidate for training from which the trainee could receive an amount for transportation. “Even existing staff members can get certificates on the basis of ‘recognition of prior learning’,” he said.