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

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

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.

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 is the entry of private medical colleges for larger access to doctors. “We also see the need for more nursing schools. Now the National Skill Development Centre under the aegis of the Union government will provide the much-needed vocational training for paramedical and technicians,” Ravindra Pai, COO, Apollo Hospitals, Sheshadripuram, Bengaluru told Pharmabiz.

Stating that medical insurance and social funding schemes are viewed to be the two key transformations in the Indian healthcare space in 2015. Pai pointed out that both government and private healthcare providers have enabled access to early diagnosis and high quality treatment options. But the serious concern is the ready availability to trained medical manpower.

There are a couple of notable measures embarked by the government to ensure accessibility to healthcare in the far flung rural areas which include telemedicine connect with primary health centres. However, it is the mandatory rural service for all MBBS graduates which is seen to be a historical change in the rural healthcape in the coming years, he added.

Among the emerging concepts that will further give an impetus to Indian healthcare are increased focus on preventive healthcare. Hospitals have created dedicated departments to detect non communicable diseases. The healthcare providers are also constantly engaging with specialists abroad to drive the reverse brain drain strategy only to ensure their facilities have the best talent. On the government front efforts are made to replicate the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) model across major cities to enable affordable accessibility to the masses, said Pai.

Currently India accounts for 0.9 beds per 1,000 people against a global average of 2.9 beds. “The emergence of the health insurance driven by government companies and private players have made a significant impact on the accessibility to quality healthcare providers in India. The Union government’s social schemes are not just for population below poverty line but also for people above poverty line. The government has created opportunity for the expansion of the overall healthcare segment to expand in terms of infrastructure which means opportunity for new hospitals to be set up and need for qualified medical professionals,” he said.


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