Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed MoU with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to scale up the short-term healthcare courses through its platform. Under this MoU, curriculum for 10 courses especially designed for the health sector, will provide more than 14 lakh trained manpower by 2025, said Union health minister J P Nadda. He said that AB-NHPM will protect over 10 crore families and at the same time Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) will deliver comprehensive primary health care.
Initially four courses will be launched across the country under this MoU — Home Health Aide,Geriatric Care Assistant, Phlebotomist and General Duty Assistant. Six skill-based curriculum have been standardised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). These include Diabetes Educator, Dietetic Aide, EMT-Basic, Dispensing Optician/VT and Medical Equipment Technology Assistant.
MoHFW will provide for financial assistance to IGNOU for establishing the structure and initiating the programs and the courses will be initiated in a phased manner across the Country by IGNOU. The government will also assist these professionals to get placements in the healthcare sector.
In addition to the ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, MoHFW has identified IGNOU to scale up the skill-based courses in healthcare sector and train 14 lakh by 2025.The signing of this MoU is under the existing framework of ‘Skills for Life, Save a Life’ initiative, under which ten short term course curricula were formally released by this Ministry in June 2017, along with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.This MOU will create training and monitoring network at District Level integrating the tertiary, secondary and primary health care institutions. It is envisioned that this MoU will take up large scale training in a time-bound manner at an affordable cost and will be accessible to all citizens of India, the statement said.
“The H&WC would provide preventive, promotive, and curative care for non-communicable diseases, dental, mental, geriatric care, palliative care, etc. He stated that the government has initiated universal screening of common NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and common cancers along with Tuberculosis and Leprosy. All this will require trained manpower and the Health Ministry is taking all the necessary steps to address this.
The objective of this MoU is to scale up the health programs to create trained personnel in the healthcare sector and to set up a dedicated cell for developing, implementing and certifying the skill-based programmes at IGNOU. A robust monitoring and assessment framework will be established under the MoU to ensure that MoHFW standards are followed stringently, a MoHFW statement said. MoHFW will provide for financial assistance to IGNOU for establishing the structure and initiating the programs and the courses will be initiated in a phased manner across the Country by IGNOU.
Nadda said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,skill development has taken centre-stage.
Stressing on the need for mid-level service provider, Nadda said that with the coming up of 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) by 2022, there will be an urgent need for such health care providers. “The potential for skilled healthcare workers and professionals will increase immensely in the health sector. Such courses will ensure that the health sector gets the adequate skilled health workers,” the minister added. The Health Minister further said that “we must also ensure that quality is not compromised and there has to be regular review to add new courses.”