The training programme would be conducted in 111 training centres spread over 26 states and about one lakh frontline workers will be trained through this initiative
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline workers’ today via video conferencing. The training programme would be conducted in 111 training centres spread over 26 states and about one lakh frontline workers will be trained through this initiative.
The Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, and many other union ministers, ministers from states, experts and other stakeholders were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the event, Modi said that this launch is an important next step in the fight against corona. He cautioned that the virus is present and the possibility of mutation is also there. The second wave of the pandemic illustrated the kind of challenges that the virus may present to us. The country needs to stay prepared to meet the challenges and training more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction.
He reminded that the pandemic has tested the strength of every country, institution, society, family and person of the world. At the same time, this alerted us to expand our capabilities as science, government, society, institution or individuals. India took up this challenge and the status of PPE kits, testing and other medical infrastructure related to COVID care and treatment bears testimony to the efforts.
Modi also pointed out that far-flung hospitals are being provided with ventilators and oxygen concentrators. More than 1,500 oxygen plants are being established at war footing. Amidst all these efforts, skilled manpower is critical. For this and to support the current force of corona warriors, one lakh youngsters are being trained. This training should be over in two-to-three months.
The PM also informed that the top experts of the country have designed these six courses launched today, as per demands of the states and Union Territories (UTs). The training will be imparted to COVID warriors in six customised job roles namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support and medical equipment support. This will include fresh skilling as well as upskilling of those who have some training in this type of work. This campaign will give fresh energy to the health sector frontline force and will also provide job opportunities to our youth.
Modi said that the corona period has proved how important is the mantra of skill, re-skill and up-skill. He said that the Skill India Mission was started separately for the first time in the country, a Skill Development Ministry was created and the Prime Minister’s Skill Development centres were opened across the country.
Today, Skill India Mission is helping millions of this country’s youth every year in providing training according to the needs of the day. Since last year, the Ministry of Skill Development has trained lakhs of health workers across the country, even amidst the pandemic.
“Given the size of our population, it is necessary to keep increasing the number of doctors, nurses and paramedics in the health sector. Work has been done with a focused approach over the last seven years to start new AIIMS, new medical colleges and new nursing colleges. Similarly, reforms are being encouraged in medical education and related institutions. The seriousness and the pace at which the work on preparing the health professionals is going on now is unprecedented,” he added.
The PM further said that health professionals like ASHA workers, ANM, anganwadi and health workers deployed in the dispensaries in the villages are one of the strong pillars of our health sector and are often left out of the discussion. They are playing an important role in preventing infection to support the world’s largest vaccination campaign. He lauded these health workers for their work during all the adversities for the safety of each and every countryman. He said their role is huge in preventing the spread of infection in villages in remote areas and in hilly and tribal areas.
He said, “Many guidelines have been issued related to the campaign which is to start from 21st June. People below 45 years of age will get the same treatment for vaccination as for people above 45 years of age from 21st June. The Union Government is committed to give free vaccines to every citizen while following corona protocol.