New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Tuesday that more than 13.5 lakh doctors, nurses, laboratory professionals, allied healthcare professionals, frontline workers, NCC cadets and NSS volunteers have received online training for the clinical management of the Covid-19 pandemic from its website.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan informed the media at a press briefing that the ministry had converted training modules and guidelines available on its website into online courses and uploaded them to integrated government online training platform and Covid training (iGOT), a resource and training platform developed by the Department of Personnel and Training.
"We used this platform to provide training to frontline healthcare workers as it could be accessed online and unlimited number of people can access it for the training purposes," he added.
While more than 29 lakh enrollments were done for the training modules, 19.2 lakh enrollers completed the courses offered by the Union Health Ministry. The ministry also said that it has issued 15.05 lakh certificates for the course completion to the enrollers. The figures shared were updated till October 28.
The ministry also said that a total 56 modules, 196 training videos and 133 training documents have been uploaded on iGOT portal which was accessed by 19.2 frontline workers from 729 districts.
The training includes videos for basics of Covid-19, clinical management including intensive care, isolation facility, frontline workers, infection prevention and control, psycho-social care etc.
The training areas comprised field surveillance and supervision, psychosocial care and social awareness, assistance in daily needs, isolation/home quarantine facilities, management of mild cases in dedicated Covid health centre and moderate cases in dedicated Covid hospitals (DCHs), intensive care in DCHs, sample collection and analysis.
"Top 50 districts with highest course completions are from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal and Chandigarh," Bhushan revealed.
India Has Over 28K Cold Chain Points, 700 Refrigerators & 70K Vaccinators
The Union Health Ministry informed on Tuesday that the country has more than 28,000 cold chain points, 700 plus refrigerator vans and more than 70,000 vaccinators to assist in the vaccine administration.
"We have already utilised them under the universal immunisation programme and they would be used in the administration of Covid vaccine as well," said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
Bhushan also informed that the national expert group on Covid vaccine is engaging with corporate healthcare providers to take assistance of their workforce which could help in vaccine administration.
He was speaking in a press briefing on the status of preparations for the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine slated to begin by the first quarter of 2021.
Bhushan also said that all states and Union Territories (UTs) have been asked to only follow the directions given by the national expert group set up to look after vaccine administration, and not to act upon themselves.
"All states and UTs have assured their compliance to our directions," he added.
Bhushan also said that the states have been asked to prepare databases of different priority population groups.
"We have guided them about the methods and templates to prepare the databases," he said.
Another direction given to the states is to constitute a group under the chief secretary to check the compliance of the guidelines issued by the Centre.
A week ago, the union health ministry had written to all the states and UTs and asked them to constitute three-tier committees to check the distribution of the Covid vaccine once it rolls out.
The three-tier committees would comprise the state steering committee, state task force, and district task force in each state and UT. The state steering committee would be headed by the chief secretary, the state task force would be headed by the principal secretary (health), while the district task force would be led by the district magistrate.
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the states and UTs to take stock of the cold chain and deep refrigerators as well.
"This will reveal granular details and would enable us to plan and execute the administration program more efficiently," Bhushan said.