PM Narendra Modi virtually holds a meeting with experts to review oxygen and medicine availability on Sunday. (ANI)
NEW DELHI :
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed various measures to augment human resources for effective management of the COVID-19 situation and possible steps discussed include incentivising students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the pandemic duty, sources said. The final details are likely to be announced on Monday, they added. “Decisions may include delaying NEET and incentivising MBBS pass-outs studying for it to join the COVID-19 duty.
The decisions may also include utilising services of final-year MBBS and nursing students,” a Government source added. Modi reviewed the progress of conversion of existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen -- a feasibility explored by the Centre considering the requirement of medical oxygen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre has identified more than two dozen nitrogen generation plants for production of medical oxygen.
The medical personnel doing the COVID-19 duty may be given preference in the Government recruitment and financial incentives as well, the source said. The review meeting took place amid reports of healthcare personnel feeling overwhelmed in some parts of the country due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases, with testing facilities also being under a strain.