Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Customised Crash Course programme for Covid-19 Frontline workers' on Friday (18 June).
The training programme would be conducted in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. About one lakh frontline workers will be trained in this initiative.
Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that this launch is an essential next step in the fight against Corona. However, the Prime Minister cautioned that the virus is present and the possibility of mutation is also there. The second wave of the pandemic illustrated the kind of challenges that the virus might present to us. Therefore, the Country needs to stay prepared to meet the challenges and training more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction, said the Prime Minister.
"More than 1500 oxygen plants are being established at war footing. Amidst all these efforts, skilled manpower is critical. For this and to support the current force of corona warriors one lakh youth is being trained. This training should be over in two-three months," said the Prime Minister.
As part of the Customized Crash Course programme, the experts have designed these six courses as per the demands of the states and union territories. The training will be imparted to Covid warriors in six customised job roles: Home Care Support, Basic Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Sample Collection Support, and Medical Equipment Support.
"This crash course programme will include fresh skilling as well as upskilling of those who have some training in this type of work. This campaign will give fresh energy to the health sector frontline force and will also provide job opportunities to our youth," the Prime Minister's Office said.
"Given the size of our population, it is necessary to keep increasing the number of doctors, nurses and paramedics in the health sector. Work has been done with a focused approach over the last seven years to start new AIIMS, new medical colleges and new nursing colleges. Similarly, reforms are being encouraged in medical education and related institutions. The seriousness and the pace at which the work on preparing the health professionals is going on now is unprecedented," PM Modi said.