Medical interns and final-year MBBS students can be deployed to fight the deadly coronavirus and save lives, the Centre announced on Monday, as part of the new wartime measures to defeat the pandemic.
Interns can be used for Covid management duties and final-year students can be deployed in tele-consultation roles and to monitor mild cases, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. However, they will have to work under supervision of senior doctors or faculty members.
Similarly, nurses with B.Sc or GNM (General Nursing & Midwife) degrees or certifications can be deployed on Covid duties, so long as they, too, are supervised by senior doctors or nurses.
The centre has also postponed, for a second time, the NEET-PG medical entrance exam. It will now not be held before August 31, and candidates will be given a month's notice before it is held. It was earlier postponed last month due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. The centre said this will make qualified doctors and medical students available for Covid duties.
In addition, medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties will get the Prime Minister's Distinguished Covid National Service Samman and given priority when applying for government posts.