Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Considering the dearth of doctors in the State, Odisha government has decided to provide extensive training to MBBS students so that they can be deployed in case of any emergency situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak. As the treatment and management of COVID-19 cases require extreme caution and professionalism, the State government is mulling to impart necessary training to the medical students as per the prescribed protocols.

"It is necessary to train the medical community, doctors, paramedics and others who will be involved in the direct management of the patients in COVID-19 hospitals and isolation wards of various health facilities," general administration and public grievance department said in an order.

It has been decided that 7th, 8th and 9th-semester MBBS students of medical colleges will be trained so that they could be deployed in case need arises, the order read.

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In the first phase, the MBBS students in all the government medical colleges will be trained. Besides, the private medical colleges have been asked to train their doctors and students simultaneously.

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha has so far registered three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Already, a lot of initiatives have been taken by the State government to ensure that the 21-day nationwide lockdown is strictly enforced across the State as it holds the key to the ongoing battle against coronavirus.

All the entry and exit routes to Odisha have been sealed while special arrangements made by Odisha Police at district and block levels to ensure that the lockdown is strictly followed by people.

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The State government has also sought voluntary service and invited expression of interest (EOI) from senior professionals with long experience of working in large corporate initiatives in health care, hospital infrastructure and management, international logistics and sourcing or equipment, accessories and materials and also exposure to working with governments, private and public charitable sectors.

A notification of the government stated that such individuals may write to the Chief Secretary for consideration to be engaged as Honorary Advisors to work with the government. They will assist the government at senior management level for the effective management and containment of COVID-19.

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