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Amidst the second wave of deadly COVID-19 pandemic, The Government of India has taken measures to pull together as much as medical human resources to provide a helping hand wherever possible. A high-level virtual meeting was held on May 3, 2021. It was headed by prime minister, Narendra Modi. The aim of the meet was to authorise key decisions to boost the availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19.
NEET PG 2021 PMO Office Notice
One of the first step taken was postponement of NEET PG 2021. The exam has been postponed by 4 months and will not be held before August 31, 2021. In the meantime, the aspirants of the national level medical entrance exam have been suggested to join the COVID duty. Apart from this, here are 5 major takeaways from the meeting held and how it is useful for the students:
#1. NEET PG 2021 exam postponed till at least 31 August – How this helps boost medical work force?
- NEET (PG) – 2021 has been postponed. This Exam will not be held before 31st August 2021.
- At least one-month time will be given after the announcement of the Examination before it is conducted.
NEET PG 2021 Aspirants Are Requested to Help In Time of Need
Now that the NEET PG exams have been postponed by 4 months, alongside preparing for the exam, the aspirants are requested to be part of the COVID-19 war-force.
For this the central government has sought the help of state / UT governments. The instructions given are as follows:
- The State / UT Governments have to make all efforts to reach out to each such prospective NEET candidate and request them to join the Covid – 19 workforce in this hour of need. The services of these MBBS doctors can be utilized in the management of COVID – 19.
- Also, The State / UT Governments may now also deploy Medical Interns in COVID-19 Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation.
#2. The Final year MBBS students can also help
The students who are in the final year of their MBBS studies can also lend their helping hand under the supervision of Faculty. These students can help as follows:
- Providing services like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases.
- This is to be done after due orientation by and under the supervision of Faculties only.
#3. Medical PG Final Year Students Can Continue Their COVID-19 Services
The students in the Final year PG medical courses can help by continuing their support in the following manner:
- The services of Final Year PG Students (broad as well as super-specialities) as residents may continue to be utilized until fresh batches of PG Students have joined.
- Likewise, the services of the senior residents / registrars may continue to be utilized until new recruitments are made.
#4. Students Who have Qualified/ Are in Final Year of B.Sc./ GNM Nursing Can Offer Full Time Nursing Duties
For the nursing qualified students, the following suggestion have been made by the Central Government:
- B.Sc. / GNM Qualified Nurses may be utilized in full-time Covid nursing duties in ICU, etc., under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses.
- M.Sc. Nursing students, Post basic B.Sc. (N), and Post basic Diploma nursing students who are Registered Nursing Officers, their services can be utilized to take care of COVID- 19 patients as per the Hospital protocols/policies.
- Final Year GNM or B.Sc. (Nursing) students awaiting Final Exam may also be given full-time Covid Nursing duties at various Government / Private facilities under the supervision of Senior Faculty.
- The services of Allied Health Care professionals may be utilized for assistance in Covid Management, based on their training and certification.
#5. All Services by Medical Candidates to be given Priority in Forthcoming regular Government Recruitment
All the individuals who complete 100 days of service in COVID-19 duty will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitment. And, all such professionals who sign up for minimum of 100 days of COVID duty and complete it successfully will also be given Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from Government of India
- Additionally, the medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated.
- Also, All Health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers engaged in fighting COVID 19.
The official press release by the central government can be read / downloaded here: Click here
NEET UG 2021 and NEET PG 2021
NEET UG and NEET PG are the 2 most important exams of the nation. These 2 exams are the first stage to become a medical professional, NEET UG is held for the 12th pass candidates who would join medical UG courses, NEET PG is the medical PG level exam. The medical UG passed candidates take this exam to take admission in medical PG courses.
NEET PG 2021 was to be held on April 18, 2021. This stands postponed and will not be held before August 31, 2021.
NEET UG 2021 is scheduled for August 01, 2021. The application process is yet to begin. There is no notice / instructions for the postponement of this exam yet. The National Testing Agency (NTA) is to hold the exam on the due date. However, if the situation in the country does not improve then NEET UG might also be postponed.
The central government has also suggested the state governments to engage the available additional health professionals through this process to private COVID Hospitals as well in surge areas.
The vacant posts of doctors, nurses, allied professionals, and other healthcare staff in Health and Medical departments can be filled through accelerated processes within 45 days through contractual appointments, based on NHM norms.