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Union govt’s National Skill Development Centre to focus on vocational training for paramedics & medical technicians

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Union government under its National Skill Development Centre initiative is gearing up to focus on vocational training for paramedical requirement particularly in segments including emergency ambulatory services, X-ray, Echo, tread mill test (TMT) along with a pool of technicians for blood banks, laboratories, anaesthesia, cardiac and dialysis.vocational-training

This according to Indian healthcare providers will bring about a paradigm change to have access to trained workforce. Currently, the quality of training for both paramedics and technicians to handle medical equipment is a concern. The testing, certification and accreditation system is inadequate and there are no efforts to evaluate their outcomes.

Deloitte reports that India’s ratio of 0.7 doctors and 1.5 nurses per 1,000 people is dramatically lower than the WHO average of 2.5 doctors and nurses per 1,000 people.

The big challenge for healthcare sector is paucity of medical professionals, nurses and paramedics. Besides dedicated talent pool for hospital administration is also scarce. From an Apollo Group perspective, the changes envisaged in the healthcare front are the entry of private medical colleges for larger access to doctors.

Currently India accounts for 0.9 beds per 1,000 people against a global average of 2.9 beds.

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