Odisha To Train MBBS Students For COVID-19

As per an official statement, the Odisha government has decided to provide extensive training to MBBS students on dealing with the coronavirus, in a bid to deploy them in case a need arises. This is one of the measures that the state government is adapting to meet the shortage of doctors as the nation fights against the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Considering the dearth of doctors, it has been decided that the 7th, 8th & 9th Semester MBBS students of all medical colleges will be trained who could be deployed in case a need arises,” said an order issued by Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

The first phase of training will begin shortly at the government establishments. Meanwhile, private medical colleges have also been instructed to train their doctors and students simultaneously.

“It is also necessary to train the medical community… doctors, paramedics and others who will be involved in the direct management of the patients in the COVID-19 hospitals and isolation wards of various health facilities,” said the chief secretary. “Extreme care and caution, as well as a professional approach, need to be adopted considering the nature of the disease. Intensive training of health personnel will be conducted in accordance with available protocols,” he added.

Senior IAS officers Anu Garg and Bhupendra Singh Poonia have been appointed to oversee the implementation of this assignment.