Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with experts on Sunday (May 2) to discuss how to improve the human capital condition in order to effectively handle the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
According to government reports, the meeting agreed that action will be taken to incentivize students and graduates in medical and nursing programs to enter COVID-19 duty. On Monday, a complete schedule will be announced (May 3).
Any of these moves are likely to include postponing the National Eligibility Cumulative Entrance Test (NEET) and incentivizing MBBS graduates to join COVID-19 duty to aid in the fight against the virus.
“Medical workers doing Covid service would be granted priority in government recruitment as well as a financial incentive,” a source in the Government of India (GoI) said.
The Prime Minister also checked the availability of oxygen and medication in the region, which is in short supply due to an oxygen shortage.
Meanwhile, the government has told the Supreme Court that Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are “directly involved” in raising the availability of oxygen on a “war footing.”
“As a result, more and more medical oxygen is provided and made available every day, meeting not only current but possible future demands,” the Centre said.
Many states in the world are seeing a lack of prescription oxygen for critically ill patients.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that 84,599 beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 44 got their first dose of coronavirus vaccine in the country on Saturday. According to the ministry, a total of 16,48,192 vaccine doses were administered before 8 p.m. on Saturday, the 106th day of the immunization campaign. According to the preliminary study, 9,89,700 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose, and 6.58 lakh beneficiaries got the second dose. The overall number of vaccines administered in the country has surpassed 15.66 crores.