NEW DELHI :
THE Centre has asked the States and UTs to deploy the final year MBBS students, resident doctors, and nursing students to augment the human resources and particularly the healthcare workers amid rising COVID cases. In two different guidelines issued to States and UTs on January 8 and 9, the Union Health Ministry has sought regarding the utilising the services of final-year MBBS students, interns, senior Re and junior Residents and the third and fourth year of B.Sc Nursing students, along with M.Sc first and second year nursing students.
The Ministry has said that the active cases that needed hospitalisation care was 20 to 23 per cent during the second COVID surge. However, only 5 to 10 per cent of active cases need hospital administration presently, though, the situation is evolving and the need for hospitalisation care can change dynamically, it said.