Medical students, interns buckle up to fight COVID-19 while NEET-PG exam postponed
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“Don’t get hung up on the hard times, the challenges. Tell your story by highlighting the victories. Because it’s your victories that will inspire, motivate, encourage other people to live their stories in grander ways.”
As we wake up to the horror of the second wave of the pandemic, there’s only little that we could contribute considering the gravity of the situation. Even when certain things feel out of control, there might still be few things we can do to make everything better. The key is to find our own best little way to handle the moment. The rest will come when it comes. Time is transient. Let’s try to look at the bigger picture. Take small steps every day. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s definitely going to be worth it.
The frontline workers are putting their blood and sweat each minute to minimize the pain and suffering of the people and to share their load, a review committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to defer NEET-PG exam for four months whilst allowing medical interns to be deployed in Covid management duties under the supervision of their faculty.
When everything is in an utter state of confusion and darkness, it’s the human that will help another human to get through the battle irrespective of how tough it is. In an attempt to answer the surging need of the human resources for responding to the pandemic, a decision was taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months; the exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. Moreover, students will also be given at least a month’s time after announcement of exam before it is conducted.
On the same front, it was also decided to allow placement of Medical Interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation. The services of Final Year MBBS students will be utilized for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of Faculty. This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and will act as a good source of motivation.
The services of Final Year PG Students (broad as well as super-specialities) as residents may continue to be utilized until fresh batches of PG Students have joined. B.Sc./GNM Qualified Nurses will be employed in full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses.
The individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitments after they complete minimum of 100 days of Covid duty. Additionally, the medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. All Health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers engaged in fighting Covid 19.
It’s brave that how hard we all are striving towards fighting our common enemy; how we get up in the morning even though our soul is weary and our bones aches for rest; how we break and bend but still we rise and start; how we push away the waves rolling and yet decide to fight every day. There are days when we feel like giving up but it’s brave that we never do.